Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights
Public Art Tribute, Boston, MA

RFQ at www.urbancultureinstitute.org/Howes-Park    
Apply online at www.callforentry.org
Deadline: Thu, 5/25/17, 11:59pm MST
The Art Selection Committee of the Gertrude Howes Park Civil Rights Public Art Tribute project invites artists, also in collaboration with landscape designers, to forward public art qualifications for an innovative, permanent public art installation that will serve as a tribute to civil rights. The tribute is envisioned to be an abstract work of public art dedicated to the movement rather than a representation dedicated to individual persons or events. The selection process will lead to the identification of four artists/teams who will develop initial proposals for a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations. The anticipated budget is $200,000-250,000.

 

(Pictured above) Renderings and Site Images courtesy of Buell Kratzer Powell

Call to Artists | Requests for Qualifications

Project Budget: $37,000
Deadline for Submissions: March 29, 2017
Download the Full Call to Artists Here
Application Synopsis
Introduction

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $37,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Fishtown Recreation Center. This commission is part of the $1.5 million Lederer Pool Replacement at Fishtown Recreation Center by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Overall Site Description

Fishtown Recreation Center (1202-32 E. Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125) totals 1.4 acres and consists of a recreation center, a hockey rink, three basketball courts, and a public pool. Affectionately called “The Swimmo” by local residents, the pool is highly utilized but in poor condition.

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will replace the pool and surrounding facilities. Site improvements include: reducing the distance between the pool deck and the surrounding sidewalk to increase the site’s accessibility; installing a large canopy to provide shade; creating a spray ground with built-in water features to provide a cooling activity for young children and those not wishing to enter the water; upgrading the restrooms; and lastly, constructing a new pump room.

Art Commission Opportunity

The Percent for the Art Program and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation seek to commission a high quality, original site-specific artwork that celebrates the new pool as well as the area’s heritage and strong sense of community. More information, as well as a site visit, will be given at the Pre-Proposal Meeting.

Two potential sites have been identified: 1. The canopy, or 2. The surrounding fencing. Artists are invited to consider placing something upon the canopy, which would serve as both a sculpture and create shadows on the ground. On the fencing, artists are invited to consider adding elements to the entire fence; or just certain sections, such as the gate. Detailed information about the fencing can be found at: http://www.ameristarfence.com/commercial-industrial-ornamental-wrought-iron-steel-fence-montage-2

A budget of $37,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This competition is open to artists and artist-teams who reside in the United States. The City of Philadelphia reserves the right to determine additional eligibility requirements.

Artwork will be selected on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency, and relationship to the site. Long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be major selection criteria. Artists are required to comply with applicable rules, contracts, and procedures of all governmental boards and agencies of the City of Philadelphia.

Easton Readiness Center Public Art Project Opportunity for Maryland Artists; Background qualifications application deadline: Friday, March 24, MIDNIGHT

The Maryland State Arts Council is now accepting applications for the Maryland National Guard Easton Readiness Center public art project. Professional artists or artist teams residing in the state of Maryland are eligible to apply. The permanent public artwork will be two-dimensional and will convey the dedication of service to Maryland communities by the National Guard reserve and veterans. The artwork will be original and site-specific to the Easton Readiness Center site.

Artwork budget: $74,120, concept proposal fee, $860. The Artist Selection Committee will select up to three artists or artist teams to develop concept proposals for the artwork.  One final artist or artist team will be selected and enter into a contract to develop the artwork design and contract with a pre-approved fabricator for digital production and installation of the artwork. This project is an opportunity for an artist to realize their work through large-scale digital printing and fabrication processes, sited in a permanent context.

The online application requires submission of background qualifications including slides in digital format, resumé, Statement of Interest, and references. NO artwork proposals will be accepted. For project guidelines and floor plan please download the RFQ on our website.

Click here to apply online, or  www.CallforEntry.org. Deadline: Friday, March 24, MIDNIGHT.

For questions about the project contact MSAC, Director of Public Art, liesel.fenner@maryland.gov. For technical questions regarding the online application, contact CaFÉ at info@callforentry.org

The Hagerstown Cultural Trail has released two fast track calls at the links below:

http://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/hct-s — interactive sculpture project, Submission deadline is one month away on 2/15/17 and we hope to have sculptures in place by June; open to artists who work or live within 75 miles of Hagerstown; this includes Baltimore and Washington DC and much of Maryland.

http://www.washingtoncountyarts.com/hct-foh — a photography project, Submission Deadline is 4/1/17, and the winners will have their photos on the Trail when it opens officially in June, open to all photographers anywhere (novice to pro), but the subjects must be people who live or work in Hagerstown and the photos must be taken in Hagerstown.

The information meeting is only a week away — Thursday, January 19 at Hagerstown City Hall. It looks like the meeting will be streamed live (Facebook and on the local cable channel) for those who can’t make the trip, and a video of the meeting will be posted on YouTube the next day. That said, for many artists it is usually preferable to be in the room.

Cycling Class at the Central Park Recreation Center in Denver, Wednsday Dec. 5, 2012. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)

Cycling Class at the Central Park Recreation Center in Denver, Wednsday Dec. 5, 2012. (Photo by Barry Gutierrez)

CENTRAL RECREATION CENTER, AURORA, CO                    

The city of Aurora, CO is seeking an individual artist or team of artists to join the design team for a new recreation facility.  Integrating art elements that create a warm, welcoming and transformative experience as people enter the building is a primary interest. Especially desired is art work that encourages patrons to leave their busy lives at the door and to transition to a focus on their health and wellness. Opportunities include but are not limited to entryway glass treatments, floors, walls, suspended artwork, kinetic art, interactive art, interior and exterior architectural elements.

Please note the deadline for completed applications: 11:59 pm on January 8th. All applications must be submitted through CAFE.

Site Description
The new Central Recreation Center is the first new recreation center to be constructed in Aurora in several decades.  It is located at the intersection of East Vassar Place and South Telluride Street, adjacent to Vassar Elementary School and the neighborhoods of Tower Park, Lakeshore, Sterling Hills, and Seven Hills.

Unnamed Creek Trail defines the southern boundary of the site, and West Toll Creek Trail to the west connect the site to the Aurora regional trail system.  Views across the creek and a pond capture the Front Range and Rocky Mountains, providing a strong connection to Colorado’s beautiful landscape. Future plans for the 20 acre site also include a community park. With this prime location, it is anticipated that the new site will become a community focus for both indoor and outdoor recreation.

The Facility
The Central Recreation Center facility will encompass approximately 55,000 square feet.  It will include a lobby, locker rooms, a large contemporary indoor aquatics area, a gymnasium, elevated track, fitness center, group exercise studio, multipurpose fitness studio, multipurpose meeting rooms, and a short- term child care area for patrons using the facility.

It is anticipated that exterior shell building materials will include a combination of wood, stacked stone, cementitious panel walls, concrete masonry walls, metal panel walls, and glass.

Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department
The Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department (PROS)’s mission is to focus on “Encouraging active lifestyles and creating healthy environments for people, nature and community.”  The mission is achieved by providing excellent programming in top notch facilities designed and priced to encourage use by Aurora’s diverse population.

PROS’s vision is to “Connect with the community and be acknowledged as an essential service defining the quality of life in Aurora.”  In fulfilling this vision, PROS staff ensure that community input and participation is a key component of everything they do.  This has never been more evident than in the planning process for the new Central Recreation Center.  The three public meetings were well advertised and promoted and the result was nearly 200 citizens participated in each meeting, providing their personal “wish list” for amenities within the new facility, as well as their preferred appearance of the building’s exterior. .

Aurora, CO
Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, and the safest large city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. Aurora embraces a highly diverse population of over 350,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado’s natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community.  Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare and alternative energy.

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends an old-fashioned sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.

Project Budget
$400,000

Selection Process and Materials
All applications will be handled through the CAFÉ System of the Western States Arts Federation.  This application process is free. No hard copies or emailed applications will be accepted.

The ideal artist is comfortable working in the public sphere, enjoys working with people, and has experience working on a design team and creating permanent integrated interior artworks.  Applicants must be legal residents of the USA.

Submission materials include:
·         8-10 images of relevant past work (Proposal images or concept sketches will not be reviewed.)
·         A written resume, not to exceed two pages
·         A statement describing why this project is of particular interest, and the skills and experience the applicant will bring to the table, with particular attention to design team experience.
·         Names and contact information for three professional references.

TIMELINE
1/8/2017 (11:59 pm) – Deadline for submission of completed application materials
Mid-Late January – Finalists will be notified
Mid-Late February – Finalist Interviews
Early March – Notification of Selected Artist/Team

QUESTIONS
Questions should be directed to: Roberta Bloom, City of Aurora Public Art Coordinator. Publicart@auroragov.org.

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to commission an artist or artist team to create a site integrated or site specific artwork that is reflective of Coast Salish historic and cultural connections to the Salmon Bay and Shilshole areas for SPU’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project (SCWQP) Pump Station. The new pump station will be located at 24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW in the Ballard neighborhood along the shoreline of Salmon Bay.

Eligibility

The call is open to established professional artists residing in the United States and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. Students are not eligible to apply.

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