Forecast Public Art activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. 

Forecast supports artists, partners, and communities throughout the entire process of creating public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. We partner with decision-makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and support public artists with funding, training, and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers. We also help others find, select, curate, fund, and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded. 

Forecast firmly believes that culture and creativity are important drivers of creating a more just society. As one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art, we are called to advocate for and advance public art practices that advance justice, health and human dignity. We are invested in public art that plays a crucial role in creating a sense of belonging, and supporting people to realize their potential and live healthy lives.

What is public art?

Public art plays a crucial role in shaping our culturally vibrant and sustainable communities. Artists of all disciplines are treating public space as a venue for creative experimentation. Public art offers opportunities for community collaboration, for ideas to shape our environment, and to influence change. The definition is always expanding — performance art, interventions, land art, and wrapped buildings are just some examples — and artists are redefining public art every day.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)

Artists or Artist Teams are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the four public art opportunities described below.

Artists will be asked in the application for which opportunity they are applying. Artists may apply to more than one opportunity, but it is not required. If you would like to apply to multiple opportunities, you will need to submit a separate application for each. Artists/artist teams applying for any of these opportunities can be located anywhere in the country but must have a team member with a connection to the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) area. This connection must be addressed in the letter of interest.

The 11th Street Bridge Park Curatorial Committee will review eligible applications and select up to 3 finalists for each public art opportunity. Finalists will receive a $750 stipend to cover fees associated with concept development for a later virtual presentation to the Curatorial Committee, via Zoom.

After finalist presentations, one artist/artist team will be commissioned to develop, fabricate, and install each artwork. Additional requirements will be outlined in instructions to finalists. Please note that funds for fabrication and installation will be secured after a project proposal has been selected. The fabrication and installation phases will occur in a few years. More information is included about the process later in this document.

The Committee is made up of 9 members, including: a member of the Bridge Park’s Design Review Committee with public art expertise; two youth who live and/or went to school in Ward 8; an elder who was born and raised in the community; two local artists and administrators who live and/or work in the community and also work at leading arts institutions; the lead architect from OMA; the lead landscape architect from OLIN; and the Director of the Bridge Park


OPPORTUNITIES AND BUDGETS

Navy Yard Wall: $15,000

Navy Yard Underpass: $50,000

Hammock Grove: $25,000

Mobile Kiosk: $30,000

Each not-to-exceed amount must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, permits, storage, insurance, community engagement activities, travel, and any other costs associated with the project. Total expenses cannot exceed each budget amount. More information about each site will be made available to the selected artists/teams [updated CAD drawings, site plans, etc.].

These projects are broken into two phases; Phase 1 is development and Phase 2 will be fabrication and installation. After an artist is selected for each project, they will develop a concept package that Building Bridges Across the River will utilize to raise any remaining funding needed for fabrication and installation. Once all of the funding is secured, the selected artist will enter into a contract for the remainder of the work, starting with a design refinement period based upon the actual amount of funding secured.

The selected artists will be guaranteed these commissions once funding is raised and will receive that in writing from Building Bridges Across the River. Should funds not be raised, the artworks will not be built.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Stage 1: Invitation to Apply and Open Call

Selection of three finalists per site will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of letter of interest
  • Quality of work samples
  • Ability of artist(s) to complete project based on bio and prior work experience

Forecast and the 11th Street Bridge Park are committed to commissioning artists whose work and experience will resonate with surrounding communities, particularly those east of the river (92% black/African American). We are placing particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities.

The following information will be required in the Submittable application link:

  • Which project you are applying for. [You may apply for more than one project, but must apply separately for each one].
  • Cover Letter: one page describing your interest in the project, your approach to design, approach to involving the community in your process, and a description of your/your team’s connection to the DMV. 1000-word limit
  • Contact Information for team lead and all team members
  • Bio and/or Resume: Please limit this to one page. If you have multiple team members, you are allowed to submit one page per team member.
  • Work Samples: provide up to 10 work samples. Individuals and teams are limited to 10 work samples total.
  • Work Sample List: Please provide title, year, materials, and budget for each work sample provided. If you like, you can also include a brief project description.

Do not submit a design or concept at this time.

You will need to create a Submittable account if you do not already have one. If you require technical assistance with Submittable, please reach out to them directly. If you have questions about the RFQ or the application, please contact consulting@ForecastPublicArt.org

The application will close at 11:59pm CDT on January 6, 2022. No applications will be accepted after this time. Do not submit a project proposal or design at this time.

Stage 2: Proposal Selection

Three finalists will be selected for each opportunity and invited to develop full proposals.  These finalists will be required to attend a Pre-Proposal Meeting where we will review the application process and share information about each site. Artists will have the opportunity to meet members of the Bridge Park team, the design team, and community members. Stage 2 finalists will each receive a $750 design stipend.

The final winning proposal for each opportunity will be selected by the Curatorial Committee. 11th Street Bridge Park, its project partners, and committees are dedicated to a transparent artist selection process that reflects place-honoring all sites reserved for public art.


NOTIFICATION AND CONTRACT

All applicants will receive notification by email. Please do not contact the 11th Street Bridge Park or Forecast Public Art directly for results. We reserve the right to change, modify, or revise the RFQ, in part or whole.

The selected artist or organization will enter an agreement with the 11th Street Bridge Park. No selection shall be deemed final until a proposal has been fully approved and an agreement properly executed.


TIMELINE

  • RFQ Open: December 6, 2021
  • RFQ Deadline: January 6, 2022
  • Artist Notification: late January 2022
  • Pre-Proposal Meeting via Zoom: week of Feb 7 or Feb 14, 2022
  • Artist Presentations via Zoom: week of Feb 28, 2022
  • Contract, fabrication, installation: TBD


ABOUT FORECAST PUBLIC ART

Forecast Public Art is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1978 that activates, inspires, and advocates for public art that advances justice, health, and human dignity. Based in Saint Paul, MN and working both locally and nationally, Forecast connects artists with cities, institutions and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. We partner with decision makers and stakeholders on arts and cultural planning efforts, and support public artists with funding, training and opportunities to create partnerships and advance their public art careers.  We also help others find, select, curate, fund and commission public artists. Forecast emphasizes access for artists of color, indigenous artists, and groups that are traditionally excluded.

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