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The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program is soliciting qualifications from artists who specialize in producing large-scale murals to beautify sections of the Downtown Toledo tunnel system. Art in Public Places will select up to two artists to paint murals within the tunnels to create an engaging experience for pedestrians walking to and from the Vistula Parking Garage into One Seagate and to and from the lower entrance of the Imagination Station.
BUDGET: Phase 1: $25,000; Phase 2: TBD
ELIGIBILITY: Artists over 18 living in the continental U.S.
DEADLINE: April 17, 2020
Download full RFQ with site images here.
In light of the recent revitalization of the Summit Street Corridor in Downtown Toledo, an effort is underway to enhance the tunnel system that connects many buildings along Summit St. The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program is soliciting qualifications from artists who specialize in producing large-scale murals to beautify sections of the Downtown Toledo tunnel system. Art in Public Places will select up to two artists to paint murals within the tunnels to create an engaging experience for pedestrians walking to and from the Vistula Parking Garage into One Seagate and to and from the lower entrance of the Imagination Station. Stakeholders include The City of Toledo, The Arts Commission, One Seagate, ProMedica Health System, The Imagination Station, The Renaissance Hotel, Toledo Police Department, YMCA, The Toledo Design Collective and The Collaborative Architects.
Selected artist(s) will be expected to execute the following tasks:
There are two phases to this project. Phase 1 is fully funded and will proceed according to the attached schedule. Phase 2 will be fully funded in 2021.
Phase 1 involves the concourse that connects the Vistula Parking Garage and One Seagate. This concourse is the main entrance to the tunnel system from the Vistula Garage and is used by visitors to One Seagate, The Renaissance Hotel, Imagination Station, The Collaborative Inc., The Toledo Design Collective and more. A few of these businesses have recently relocated to downtown as part of the reinvigoration of the Downtown Toledo. The tunnel is a “first impression” for many visitors to Toledo. The large, two-story sculpture, City Candy, is also located to the entrance of the tunnel system and acts as a landmark to the site.
Phase 2 involves the tunnel below the Renaissance Hotel that leads to the lower entrance of the Imagination Station. Many families park in Vistula Parking Garage to visit the Imagination Station traverse this tunnel. Imagination Station is in the midst of its first-ever expansion. They broke ground on a new 8,200-square-foot addition that will include a premium, large format theater, a new science center store, concessions area and redesigned lobby.
During the preliminary selection meeting, up to three artists or artist teams will be chosen as finalists by the design review board and invited to submit a proposal for consideration. Each finalist will be paid $1000 for all expenses related to the development of the proposal. The Arts Commission will reimburse expenses related to site visits, interviews and any other expenses related to this phase of the process including travel, lodging and meals.
Artists are responsible for providing accurate contact information to The Arts Commission. A phone interview may also be conducted at the discretion of the design review board during the final artist selection meeting.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
Artists and artist teams who are interested in this project must prepare and submit the following items. Text documents must be submitted in PDF formats. No other text formats will be accepted. Proposals are not requested at this stage.
HOW TO SUBMIT
All requested materials should be uploaded here. No physical submissions will be accepted.
QUESTIONS? Contact Nathan Mattimoe, Art in Public Places Coordinator of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo at 419-254-2787, Ext. 1011 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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