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The Arts Council of Indianapolis, on behalf of Kite Realty Group (KRG) and through the Public Art for Neighborhoods Program, is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who are interested in creating outdoor public artwork for the Glendale Town Center project in Indianapolis, Indiana.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists over 18
DEADLINE: October 19, 2020 (11:59 p.m. Eastern)
About Public Art for Neighborhoods
The City of Indianapolis accepts responsibility for expanding the opportunity for its citizens to experience art in, and for the beautification of, public places. The city also recognizes that the inclusion of public art in appropriate locations will promote the cultural heritage and artistic development of the city, enhance the city’s character and identity, contribute to economic development and tourism, improve public safety, add warmth, dignity, beauty and accessibility to public spaces, and expand the experience and participation of citizens with the arts. This recognition led to the development of the Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance (Indianapolis-Marion County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 271), which was signed in May 2016.
The Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance requires private developers of eligible projects to donate the equivalent of 1% of the value of cash incentives received by the developer to the Public Art for Neighborhoods Fund, or, in lieu of the donation, to commission public art for the project site with a value equal to or greater than the donation requirement. Public art commissioned by developers under this program must be created by a professional artist who is not on the developer’s project design team, and the artwork must be easily accessible to the general public. Artworks commissioned by developers are reviewed by a Selection Committee appointed under the terms of the Public Art for Neighborhoods Ordinance, and will be approved as meeting the requirements of the ordinance.
About Kite Realty Group
Kite Realty Group (KRG) is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that provides communities with convenient and beneficial shopping experiences. Kite connects consumers to retailers in desirable markets through a portfolio of neighborhood, community, and lifestyle centers. KRG properties in the Indianapolis area include Rivers Edge, Rangeline Crossing, Cool Creek Commons, Castleton Crossing, and Nora Plaza.
KRG is reimagining the site at/around 6101 N. Keystone Avenue into an expanded Glendale Town Center, creating a new and exciting lifestyle concept for Indianapolis’ Northside that includes residential, retail, business, and entertainment offerings. KRG, in partnership with Milhaus, is reclaiming a portion of an underutilized area currently contained within the Glendale Town Center property to accommodate 270 multifamily residential units, and is redeveloping the former Macy’s department store into multiple new retail uses. The result will be a vibrant and accessible addition to the community.
Glendale Town Center is bordered by Keystone Avenue, 62nd Street, Kessler Blvd., and Rural Street. The current development contains Target, Lowe’s, Walgreens, and Staples among other smaller retailers.
The project site is located at the southeast corner of 62nd and Keystone Avenue within the Glendale Town Center development. A portion of Rural Street will be improved to allow for better pedestrian and vehicular travel. The new development will include mixed-use buildings that incorporate retail and business opportunities on the ground floor and residences on the upper floors. There will also be new bike lanes and green space added for accessibility and safety. Download information about the project site here.
Although a tentative site for the artwork has been identified, the selected artist may choose to engage any area of the project, keeping in mind that the purpose of Public Art for Neighborhoods is to provide a public amenity. Because of the accelerated project timeline, artwork integrated into structures will not be possible. The developer is open to creative ideas that engage people as they move around the development.
The budget for the artwork is $70,000. The selected artist is expected to use this budget for all materials, supplies, travel, lodging, and equipment needed to design, fabricate and (if applicable) install his or her artwork. Excavation, concrete foundation, or base/support may be provided by the construction project depending on the artwork design and placement. The artist will also be required to provide a one-year warranty for the artwork.
This timeline represents the project as it now appears. Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.
No designs are required as part of the artist’s application materials!
Applications received in response to this Request for Qualifications will be reviewed by members of the KRG project team along with representatives from the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee and a finalist artist will be recommended. Once identified, the artist will work further with KRG and their design team to propose and develop an artwork concept and create a Public Art Plan to be reviewed by the Public Art for Neighborhoods Selection Committee. Once approved, the artwork will be fabricated and installed in coordination with Kite Realty Group.
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 Kite Realty Group 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.
The finalist artist will be selected based upon the following criteria:
What to Submit
Artists must submit the following information digitally. A complete application consists of ALL of items 1, 2, and 3: incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All materials will be submitted through the application form indicated in 1. below.
How to Submit
QUESTIONS? Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 631-3301 x240
About the Arts Council of Indianapolis
The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis is to foster meaningful engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. The Arts Council is an organization that advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana’s creative vitality.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We also believe that Black lives matter and we are committed to supporting Indianapolis’ Black artists–whom we need more than ever to help imagine a different world. Read our full statement about our commitment to racial justice in the arts and our full equity statement.
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