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The City of Raleigh invites artists and artist teams to submit qualifications to work as a public art consultant for the upcoming Law Enforcement Training Center.
Budget: $130,000 ($30K for design/research and $100K for fabrication/installation)
Eligibility: Artists over 18 who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and have been working professionally for at least 3 years
Deadline: 09/16/2019 10:59 PM Central Time
Full RFQ with site images is available here.
The Raleigh Police Department, for the first time in over 30 years, has been presented with the approval to construct a state-of-the art training facility that will serve to train and develop members of the Raleigh Police Department and training guests for the next 30 years.
This facility was designed with intentionality and a vision that is premised on community, collaboration and partnership, building community trust and the belief that in 30 years, the Raleigh Police Department can and will continue to make a difference in the communities it serves. This facility began with the vision that serving the community was bigger than the Raleigh Police Department. An emphasis on the core values of the Raleigh Police Department are more important today than ever: Integrity / Fairness / Compassion / Courage / Service.
For the last two years, the RPD has had the opportunity to showcase memorabilia, artifacts and archival treasures at the City of Raleigh Museum. This new facility will offer the unique opportunity to incorporate those artifacts into artworks or exhibitions that can assist in engaging the public and inspiring the trainees who will serve our community.
In Phase I of the project, the artist or artist team will receive $30,000 to collaborate with the project design team and develop conceptual designs and related budget. During this phase, the artist/artist team will have access to objects that have been donated to the City of Raleigh Police Department archive as well as research and historical information from the City of Raleigh History Museum. There is potential for public art concepts to be integrated as a part of the lobby and gallery area, created as a stand alone artwork(s), or created as an entire exhibit installation within the space.
In Phase II of the project, pending final approval by the Public Art and Design Board of the public art concept designs, the artist or artist team will then work with the design team to determine what components will be fabricated and installed by the artist or the construction contractor.
The artist or artist team will be under a separate subsequent contract for elements fabricated and installed by the artist or artist team. Phase II of the project is for up to $100,000 for the fabrication and installation of the team’s final designs into the gallery space.
The selected artist / artist team will be expected to engage with both police department staff and community residents to develop the concept for their work, with special consideration of objects and memorabilia that is being submitted to the department for archive and exhibition.
Key to the successful integration of public art into the LETC is the desire to address how new trainees and visitors to the facility will engage with the multiple historic, cultural and social stories that emanate from the rich legacy of policing in Raleigh. The art installation or exhibition requires creative and respectful storytelling and should seek to inspire police staff and new trainees as they serve the community.
Artwork Location Description
The main area for public art in the building is the 2000 sq.ft. public lobby space envisioned as an Arts and Educational engagement and connection opportunity.
Applications submitted in response to this RFQ will be reviewed by the City of Raleigh Public Art Director, who will then forward all complete and eligible applications received by the deadline to the Artist Selection Panel, appointed by the Public Art and Design Board. The Panel may include: a member of the Public Art and Design Board, professional artists and arts professionals, Historical Commission Members, stakeholders from community groups, and representatives from the Raleigh Police Department.
The selection process will consist of two stages. During the first stage, based on the criteria outlined below, the Artist Selection Panel will identify up to three finalists to invite to Raleigh for interviews.
Finalists selected for the Stage 2 interviews will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and related expenses associated with the interview. In addition to reviewing qualifications, panelists will discuss with finalists their prospective approaches to the project. They will also respond to questions. NOTE: A specific proposal is not expected at this interview.
The Artist Selection Panel will choose the artist for the project and forward that recommendation to the Public Art and Design Board. Upon approval by the Public Art and Design Board, a scope of services and budget will be developed based on the artist’s or artist team’s approach to the project.
During the first stage, the Artist Selection Panel will evaluate qualifications of artists based on five criteria: artistic merit; ability to collaborate with design teams / archivists and historians / community stakeholders; creative placemaking experience; project management experience; and technical expertise.
What to Submit
Artists wishing to be considered must submit the following materials:
NOTE: Do not provide or submit any other materials with your application. They will not be reviewed by the panel and will not be returned. Incomplete or late submittals will not be considered.
QUESTIONS? Contact Kelly McChesney, 919-996-5657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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