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Call to Artists: Roxbury Branch BPL Public Art

Opportunity for a USA, Canada, or International Artist
or Artist Team to Create an Original Work of Art

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Boston - Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture

Conf. Date:

09/02/20

Deadline Date:

09/09/20 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Opportunity for a USA, Canada, or International artist or artist team to create an original work of art to be permanently showcased at a Boston library. Artwork should reflect the theme of economic justice, as well as other themes associated with the library. Proposals should consider the recent renaming of the building the Roxbury Branch of the BPL and the neighborhood to Nubian Square and the Library’s featured African-American collection.

This is a Call to Artists to create a permanent artwork for the Roxbury Branch Library. Submissions should:

  • Align with the Curatorial Vision of the Boston Art Commission: The Curatorial Vision of the BAC is to commission and approve innovative and transformative artworks that engage communities, enrich and enliven the urban environment, are driven by an artistically strong vision, enhance the diversity of the existing collection, respond directly to a specific environment, and possess durability appropriate to the lifespan of the work.
  • Show consideration of the neighborhood, site, and theme.
  • Showcase a strong, original, artistic vision.
  • Demonstrate experience in public art that meets the expectations for this commission.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191594

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Number of Grants:

One artist or artist team will be selected for this commission.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget for this project is $150,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

Project Schedule:
- October 2020: Artist and City contract for the artwork
- November 2020- January 2021: Artist’s Preliminary Design period, including site research, community engagement, and coordination with the BPL and City Working Group
- January 2021: Boston Art Commission review of and vote on Preliminary Design
- February 2021- April 2021: Artist’s Final Design period, including community engagement and coordination with the City Working Group
- May 2021: Boston Art Commission review and vote on Final Design, including Fabrication and Installation plans
- May - August 2021: Fabrication period, including BAC Staff review at mid-point of fabrication
- August 2021: Installation of artwork, with documentation and possibly a dedication
- September 2021: Boston Art Commission accessions the artwork by vote

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Call to Artists is open to all artists, domestic and international, with experience in public art, site responsive design, project management, and construction administration.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Q+A: Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6 pm EDT

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Call released: Monday, August 3, 2020, at noon EDT
- Virtual Q+A: Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6 pm EDT
- Deadline for written questions about the opportunity: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
- Answers and other materials posted: Friday, September 4, 2020
- Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 5 pm EST

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://cityofbostonartsandculture.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2f171327%2fcall-to-artists-roxbury-branch-bpl-public-art

For questions, please contact Sarah Rodrigo, Public Art Project Manager, at sarah.rodrigo@boston.gov or at https://forms.gle/bdPu84pUxYVTeGzS8.

617-635-2424

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