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Metro Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, is seeking an artist or artist team to engage with the community and neighborhood surrounding the new Metro Parks’ Smith Springs Community Center and design, fabricate and install an artwork(s) for the interior of the center. The Center is in design development now and is due to be constructed in 2017/2018 at 2801 Smith Springs Road in Southeast Nashville. Metro Arts staff members will present an overview of the project and take questions during a live webinar session on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Central Time (US & Canada). The live web session will be recorded and available on the Metro Arts website following January 12.
$150,000 for community engagement processes, and development of the artwork or multiple, related artworks for the interior of the Community Center. This figure represents the total artist budget, and includes artists’ fees for community engagement and design development, overhead and operating costs, fabrication costs, all project-related travel, installation costs, and the site preparation costs, plus insurance, contingency and any other project-related costs the artists may incur.
Eligibility: This project is open to professional artists and artist teams who reside within 350 miles of Nashville.
A historically rural area, the Southeast Nashville community saw signs of suburbanization in the 1960s and 70s. J. Percy Priest Dam was built in the 1960’s creating Percy Priest Lake, a popular reservoir which is the main attraction in the community bringing local citizens and regional guests to the neighborhood. The development of the Hickory Hollow Mall in the 1970’s also brought a lot of new citizens into the community. With these new additions the community experienced economic growth through the 1990s leading to a housing boom in the 90s and early 2000s. With a very scattered pattern of development in the area, the community is now very dependent on vehicles for travel and struggles with traffic because of a lack of street planning during early development. Recently, the community has entered into a process of rejuvenation with new developments to the Hickory Hollow Mall area and the construction of a new park and community center at Southeast. With a variety of new opportunities and strategies for growth in the area, the community is looking to boost its economy and provide more resources for its citizens. The community’s plan calls for a more mixed-use and walkable neighborhood. As the community continues to grow, especially in a variety of populations and in families with children, Smith Springs Community Center will allow citizens to access resources in their community that they might otherwise have to travel further for.
Site Description & Project Scope
Development is currently underway at 2801 Smith Springs Road for a new 15-acre park and community center in the Southeast Nashville community (Smith Springs Park & Community Center). As one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Greater Nashville area, the Southeast community takes pride in its open space and greenery and those characteristics are reflected in the plans for the project. The community center will serve a diverse constituency and will be a place where citizens and visitors can organize, exercise, congregate and relax. With plans for a swimming pool, gymnasium and workout room, there will be plenty of indoor activity. However, with Percy Priest Lake just around the corner, the community center will also reflect the importance of nature in the community as it will be surrounded by a woodsy area and park that promotes outdoor recreational activities with features like walking trails and a playground.
The Interior artwork will be located in the lobby of the community center and should serve as a stimulating piece that will visually represent and contribute to the character and texture of the Southeast Nashville community while simultaneously inviting social interaction. There is the potential to place the artwork on a section of the wall that is viewable from both levels of the building or the opportunity to have a hanging piece of artwork that might suspend from the ceiling.
Artists are encouraged to consider the following vision for the project.
The public artwork for the Smith Springs Community Center should:
In a broader sense, the project may:
Note: The following timeline is a working guide for planning purposes and may be adjusted as necessary.
Artist Submission Instructions
Before submitting be sure to review the full Call to Artist document. Please read through carefully before submitting. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline. Technical questions about the online submission process (i.e. image upload, Submittable account set-up, etc.) should be directed to Submittable’s Help section.
All submissions must be completed online and are due January 29, 2017 at midnight (Central Standard Time). In order to be reviewed, artists will be required to submit the following materials:
How to Apply
Submit online ONLY at https://mnac.submittable.com/submit. Please read applications through carefully before submitting. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline. Technical questions about the online submission process (i.e. image upload, Submittable account set-up, etc.) should be directed to http://help.submittable.com/
QUESTIONS? Contact Donald Hardin, firstname.lastname@example.org with “Smith Springs Community Center” in the subject line or call 615-862-6739. Questions will be taken through January 20, 2017.
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