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The City of Boston seeks proposals from artists for a series of accessible and unique artworks along the Ruggles Corridor in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston that create street level engagement for pedestrians and other travelers of Ruggles Corridor.
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists
DEADLINE: March 25, noon Eastern time (deadline for written questions is Wednesday, March 18)
NOTE: Applicants must prepare a preliminary narrative concept and budget as part of the application process. This preliminary work is not compensated.
Full RFP available here.
Ruggles Street is a dynamic corridor stretching southeast from Ruggles Station, an intermodal transfer station, to Washington Street in Nubian Square. Nubian Square is a historic Boston neighborhood that is the heart of the Roxbury Cultural District, which celebrates Roxbury’s rich arts and cultural assets. Unlike the heavily traversed traffic corridors that parallel Ruggles Street to the northeast (Melnea Cass Boulevard) and southwest (Malcolm X Boulevard), Ruggles Street is largely a local thoroughfare. Primarily traveling through residential neighborhoods, it also borders the athletic fields of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Madison Park Village, a well established residential community, and the Dewitt Center, a bustling community center, are located towards the southeast end. The City of Boston Public Works Department’s Ruggles Street Project seeks to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility, calm traffic, improve bike facilities, preserve trees and increase greenscape, and add ornamental street lighting, among other improvements. At a series of public meetings in 2018 and 2019, community members advocated strongly for public art, expressing a preference for wayfinding signage, artistic seating options, and other elements of integrated public art.
Public Art in the Ruggles Corridor
Artists should be aware that there is a public art commission in progress at Dewitt Playground at Madison Park Athletic Complex, an upcoming RFP for a gateway sculpture at the Tremont/ Ruggles Street intersection, several existing murals and an new mural project at Madison Park Technical and Vocational High School, and several existing artworks through the corridor, including the iconic sculpture “Helion” by Robert Amory.
Design Goals and Community Values
Interested artists may wish to take into consideration three themes proposed by residents and stakeholders of the Ruggles corridor neighborhood:
Artist Scope of Work
The selected artist is responsible for:
Artist selection will be determined by an Artist Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the neighborhood, the project design team, and the Boston Art Commission. The Artist Selection Committee will review applications using the following criteria:
Artists whose submissions are non-responsive will not be shared with the selection committee.
What to Submit
How to Submit
Submit online only at http://bit.ly/39p6ukc.
QUESTIONS? Contact Sarah Rodrigo, Public Art Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for content-specific questions is Wednesday, March 18 at noon EDT. Questions and answers will be posted on the Boston.gov/arts website.
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