Call for Artists: East to West Art Walk
Request for Artist Qualifications
A Project of Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village and the Central Business District
The Macon Arts Alliance is requesting qualifications from artists to assist in the enhancement of the pedestrian experience and improve connectivity between Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village and the Central Business District.
Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2017, 12:00 p.m.
ABOUT MILL HILL: EAST MACON ARTS VILLAGE
Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village is a neighborhood revitalization effort that seeks to develop approximately four blocks of the historic Fort Hawkins Neighborhood in East Macon into an arts village to cultivate a creative, connected and thriving community. The effort is a partnership between neighborhood residents, Macon Arts Alliance, the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority, and many community stakeholders.
The “East to West Art Walk” will activate the sidewalks along Coliseum Drive and MLK Jr. Drive between Clinton Street and Mulberry using temporary public art and sidewalk improvements. Commissioned artists will create temporary sidewalk murals, temporary painted arrows, and other visual connections to the newly painted crosswalks.
This temporary public art project is funded by the Downtown Challenge Grant of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. All funds are allocated to assist in the implementation of the Macon Action Plan through a series of grants to local businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and government entities. The “East to West Art Walk” was selected for its focus on connectivity – “cultivating and improving multi-modal transportation options, enhance safety, manage downtown’s parking system in a comprehensive manner,” as stated by the Macon Action Plan.
From the total budget, funds will be allocated for commissioned artwork, artist design fees, those assisting in the project implementation and installation, and project materials (e.g. chalk spray paint, vinyl, wheat paste, temporary paint, temporary mixed media). Artists selected to work on the project will be monetarily compensated for their design, assistance with planning, and participation with the installation. All materials needed for artwork will be supplied and/or paid for by Macon Arts Alliance.
- This RFQ is open to all local artists residing in Middle Georgia.
- Successful applicants will have experience with visual arts disciplines including but not limited to graphic design, murals, painting, and/or permanent or temporary public art installations.
- Capacity to complete a design and install the work during the project timeline.
CRITERIA FOR ARTIST SELECTION
The criteria for artist selection will include:
- Artistic Excellence: Quality, appropriateness, and originality of the artist’s past work as evidenced by the digital images, letter of intent, and resume.
- Technical Understanding: Experience with durability, maintenance requirements, and safety consideration as seen in past commissions.
- Personal Capacity: Past projects and references that attest to qualifications, past performance, and ability to complete the work on time.
- Experience with Collaboration: Ability to work with contractors, project manager, consultants, and others assisting in the project implementation.
Submitted applications will be reviewed by a juried panel from the Mill Hill Artistic Advisory Committee. Upon the selection of finalists, it is requested that each artist submit a proposal/preliminary sketches for public review. A selection committee will then use public feedback to make the final selection of artists. Macon Arts Alliance will be responsible for all permitting processes for the artist commissions.
Applications will be accepted via email only to the Director of Communications, Lauren K. Lin at email@example.com. Artists are required to include the following:
- Letter of Interest: A short letter of interest no more than one page in length. Your letter should describe your approach to making art for the public realm. Explain how your work is or could be connected to the themes of this project. Discuss why your proposed medium would work well with this project.
- Work Samples: 10 digital images of past work. Please limit images to artwork created in the past 10 years. Include a one-page coversheet with details about the work samples including: title, budget, collaborators, client name, materials, dimensions and date.
- Resume: A current resume or CV no more than two pages in length. Please limit to work completed in the past 10 years.
- References: Names, titles, and phone numbers for three professional references who can attest to: success past projects, qualifications and ability to complete the work on time and in coordination with the project manager, as well as the ability to work with contractors and consultants.
- Deadline to submit qualifications: Monday, January 9 at 12:00p.m.
- Finalists notified by: Week of January 30, 2017
- Finalists submit proposal/preliminary sketches for public review by: Two weeks from notification
- Selected artists notified by: Mid-February 2017
- Expected completion date: March 2017
- Opening Celebration: Spring 2017