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Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Project Title: It’s My City/Indy DO Day Chalk Art Project
Deadline for Submissions – Monday, August 7, 2017 by 5:00 PM (EDT). No exceptions.
**Due to a change in the scope of the project, this call for artists is being re-released. If you have previously applied for this project, you do not need to resubmit your materials. If you have any questions about the re-release of this call, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To qualify, artists must:
In collaboration with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), the City of Indianapolis Indy Chamber, Indy Parks, Rotary Club of Indianapolis, IU Health, Lilly, Big Car, Reconnecting to Our Waterways, Sapphire Theatre Company, IndyHub, Plan 2020, Downtown Indianapolis, Inc. and Visit Indy, the Arts Council of Indianapolis is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who are interested in working with community members to create a temporary outdoor public artwork using chalk. This RFQ is an open call to experienced artists or artist teams living in Indiana.
The project aims to unite the Indianapolis community by raising awareness about the virtues of a clean, green, and beautiful city, a three-year initiative begun in March 2016 through the #ItsMyCity campaign. The artwork will highlight our parks, trails, and outdoor cultural spaces, as well as ignite a recommitment to civic engagement and good citizenship through participation in the event on Indy Do Day (September 28, 2017).
The project is envisioned to be up to 20 chalk art “nodes” in parking lots or other large hardscape spaces, joined together by sidewalks and trails using linear stencil designs. Community participants will ultimately create a chalk art path that circles and traverses much of Indianapolis.
The 20 “nodes ” are in some of the following locations. Locations subject to additions and changes.
(See also Project Map image below):
Up to 20 artists/teams will be commissioned to create designs reflective of the theme of this first year of the It’s My City campaign: Clean. Designs can convey anti-litter messaging as well as incorporate the demographics and cultural identity of the area to which they are assigned and the overarching goals of the It’s My City initiative. Artists will create a 2 – 4 color, paint-by-number type design for a larger area (“nodes”) (approx. 2,400 sq. feet) of chalk art to be completed by the community as well as identifying elements to be included in a simple linear design that volunteers will create as a stencil to link the 20 “nodes” into a wayfinding pathway. Artists will be responsible for creating the node outlines prior to September 28 and coding their design for coloring-in by community members. On the day of the project, artists will be on hand to direct participating community members in the realization of their artworks.
It’s My City: https://www.itsmycityindy.org
Members of the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee, with representatives from the It’s My City coalition, will review artists’ qualifications and recommend finalists. No designs are required as part of the artist’s application materials!
The Public Art Selection Committee consists of prominent experts in their respective fields and includes artists, arts advocates, curators, administrators, and other arts and community development specialists.
Note: while this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified applicants the Arts Council and aforementioned partners reserve the right to change the process to a Request for Proposals, to invite an artist to propose, or to directly select an artist or artwork; and also reserve the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason, as the best interests of the project may dictate.
Participating artists will be selected based on the following criteria:
Artistic quality: artist’s submission displays a record of appropriate, yet innovative, concepts brought to a site or project, and documents creative and stylistically distinctive solutions to design and site issues
Aesthetic sensibility: artist’s work displays an aesthetic that would be desirable for this project
Technical ability: artist’s submission indicates skill with materials and techniques similar to those that would be required for this project. (Technical facility using spray chalk or chalk paint and creating large-scale work with stencils will be required for this project)
Experience: artist’s submission has indicated familiarity with clients and conditions similar to those that would be used on this project, or has demonstrated the ability on past projects to quickly acquire the skills needed to be successful on a project similar to this one. (Prior experience supervising community volunteers is preferred for this project)
Process: artist’s submission indicate that the working relationship will be pleasant and the completed project will successfully meet the challenges particular to the site and overall initiative, including successfully completing all documentation and managing the given project budget
In the event of an insufficient number or quality of applications, the Arts Council may invite or directly select artists to participate, as the best interests of the project may appear.
Each artist/artist team will be compensated $1,500.00 to cover a design fee, transportation and parking costs, onsite line work, and community labor supervision. All supplies, materials, and additional labor to complete the artwork are provided through the project’s partnerships and participating community members. The artist is not responsible for removing the temporary artwork after the project is done.
This timeline represents the project as it now appears. Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.
August 7, 2017 – Submission Deadline
By August 14, 2017 – Artist Submissions Reviewed and Artists Notified
August/September 2017 – Design development, planning meetings, volunteer stencil fabrication
September 20, 2017 – On-site artist-community training (artists presence will be required)
September 26 – 27 – Installation of design line work on hardscape (as weather permits)
Thursday, September 28, 2017: Indy Do Day – Chalk Art Installation
Friday, September 29, 2017 or Saturday, September 30, 2017: Rain date for Chalk Art Installation
Artists must submit the following information via email to email@example.com
***NOTE: Please do NOT submit any artwork designs at this time.
Delivery of Submissions
Emails must be received by 5:00pm (EDT) on Monday, August 7, 2017.
For questions, contact:
Public Art and Artist Services Coordinator
Arts Council of Indianapolis
Clean City Chalk Art Project
Applicant Artist Information Form
Day or Mobile Phone:
Evening or Home Phone:
Website (if applicable):
How do you see this project fitting in with your past work, artistic interests and experience?
Based on the information provided in this RFQ, how would you approach this project and which area(s) of the project site are you interested in working with? (note: do not submit any artwork designs at this time!)
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