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The City of Lynn, Massachusetts, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District (DTLCD), the Lynn Office of Community Development, and the Lynn Public Arts Commission (LPAC) are seeking an artistic concept for a signature work of art at Lynn’s Mt. Vernon and Exchange Street Plaza.
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists over 18 living in the United States
DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
In 2012, the Massachusetts Cultural Council designated a portion of Downtown Lynn as one of the Commonwealth’s inaugural Cultural Districts. Although appointed in 2012, the history of arts & culture activism in Downtown Lynn goes back decades. Countless individuals and organizations have contributed their time and energy to Downtown Lynn. The Downtown Lynn Cultural District (DTLCD) is a keeper of this movement and collaborates with cultural partners, both new and well-established, to foster a shared creative and cohesive vision for the city’s cultural community.
Lynn’s Cultural District has gained much positive momentum in recent years, and the City is interested and invested in building on the successes of all of the DTLCD cultural partners. Identifying the gateway and boundaries of the DTLCD through creative community placemaking and a unique signature work of art is a critical element of this investment. The signature work of public art, which is the subject of this Call for Artists, should identify the Cultural District and should represent the heart of the community by providing a meaningful display for all Lynn residents to connect to and enjoy. The work of art should act as a magnet, drawing in visitors from surrounding areas and beyond.
In order to progress toward the creation of this artwork and a visually compelling approach to marking district gateways, the City of Lynn Department of Community Development, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, and the Lynn Public Art Commission has retained the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to develop a Call for Artists and a creative placemaking strategy. To develop the strategy, MAPC is engaging residents, businesses, local institutions, and artists to identify areas of strength, emerging challenges and a shared vision for a compelling work of art that has widespread community support.
The goal of this project is to install artwork that reflects the spirit of Lynn, enlivens the gateway to the DTLCD as a destination, and increases use of the Plaza as a gathering space.
Lynn Creative Placemaking Working Group
The Lynn Creative Placemaking Working Group includes representatives from businesses and organizations active in the cultural district and active in promoting arts and culture throughout Lynn. Organizations represented in the group include the Lynn Public Schools Fine Arts Department, Ironbound Marketplace, the New Lynn Coalition, The Brickyard Collaborative, the Food Project and Lynn Farmers Market, North Shore Community College, the Khmer Cultural Planning Committee and Lynn YMCA, as well as working artists.
What Makes Lynn Special?
In thinking about what makes Lynn a special place, this group identified its local pride, its authenticity, and its people, including immigrants, youth, and multi-generational families. The group emphasized the city’s strength and resilience in the face of hardship and challenge. It is important that public art practices in Lynn build on the strength of who is here and connect to the residents of Lynn in a meaningful way. Lynn is a city of hidden assets from its natural resources to its historic artifacts to its multi-ethnic cultural diversity.
The following values have been identified by the Lynn Creative Placemaking Working Group to guide artists in the development of their proposals and site-specific considerations that applicants may wish to understand as they develop their concepts.
The following considerations should also be part of the artist’s concept:
Artists are encouraged to envision concepts for a circular patch of land reserved for public art in the sidewalk plaza at the corner of Mt. Vernon Street and Exchange Street.
WHO CAN APPLY
The call is open to any resident of the United States of America aged 18 years or older; however, individuals located outside of Massachusetts must partner with or subcontract an individual or organization in Massachusetts. Current residents of Lynn, Massachusetts, and the North Shore are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists lacking experience in either community engagement or the design and fabrication of sculptural artwork must subcontract or partner with another individual or entity that can demonstrate the relevant experience. Any subcontractor must be identified as part of the team submitting for artist pre-qualification.
Artists and artist teams will submit applications for pre-qualification. Artist or artist team qualifications will be reviewed by the City of Lynn and subject matter experts. This review will determine which artists and artist teams meet the minimum required qualifications. All artists or artist teams that meet the required qualifications will be considered Qualified Artist Teams and will be invited to submit artistic concepts.
Qualified Artist Teams will be invited to submit concept proposals. Qualified Artist Teams will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement in order to receive a maximum of $1,000 per team (not to exceed $9,000 distributed equally across all teams) for concept development. The City of Lynn and subject matter experts will review concepts submitted by Qualified Artist Teams to confirm they meet the minimum concept submission requirements. Concepts that meet the requirements will be forwarded to a public review and selection process. The selected artist or artist team will enter into a Public Art Grant Agreement with the City of Lynn.
The City of Lynn reserves the right to withdraw the Call for Artists at any time and without penalty.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
HOW TO SUBMIT
Submissions will be received online via the CaFE system until April 30, 2020 at noon. If you would prefer to submit a physical copy, please deliver your materials to Carolyn Cole, Director of the DTLCD; Community Development, Lynn City Hall, 3 City Hall Square, Room 305.
QUESTIONS? Contact Marjorie Weinberger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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