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Dance Place Public Art Commission Request for Proposals – EXTENDED

Photo courtesy of Dance Place.

Photo courtesy of Dance Place.

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Deadline EXTENDED: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 by 5pm

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Dance Place is seeking artists to create semi-permanent (2-5 years) public art works for an “Arts Park” that will be in the public space between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts. The Park is scheduled to open in September 2016, with construction on the Park in Winter/Spring 2016. Installation of selected public art works is anticipated for May-June or August 2016.

They intend to commission artists for the following five projects: (Artists should submit designs for any of the 5 items that are of interest)

  • Bike racks (See examples – racks must be “U” shaped. Material: Tubular steel 2-3/8” with Anchor mount. Finish: powder coated.)
  • Bicycle repair station (See example)
  • Seating (chairs, benches—must be within 30 square feet)
  • Whirly gig”- defined as interactive, playable public sculpture with moveable parts
  • Sprinkler (to be attached to hose, moveable/non-attached to surface. Minimum spray 10 feet, maximum spray 30 feet.)

Artists can submit for more than one project, but must include separate budgets for each. Click here to view examples.

Please submit your proposal via email to Judy Estey at [email protected] or send in the mail to Dance Place, Attn: Judy Estey, 3225 8th Street, NE Washington, DC 20017. Please email with any questions.

Submissions are due by 5pm on Monday, July 27.

At the point of installation, the artwork becomes property of Dance Place. Each piece of work will be installed in the Arts Park for a minimum of 2 years.

About Dance Place and the Public Art Commissions
Founded in 1980, the mission of Dance Place is to build a community of artists, audiences, students and families through high quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. Dance Place has been heralded as “the hub of dance activity in Washington DC” (Alan Kriegsman, The Washington Post) and has been awarded the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education and Excellence in Service to the Arts.

Dance Place has been a hub of the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood since 1986 when the organization relocated from Adams Morgan to 8th Street, NE. In 2013-2014, the organization underwent a major expansion and renovation project through its Moving Forward capital campaign. The Moving Forward campaign also includes a multi-year Program Enhancement Fund to expand the organization’s creative placemaking efforts to include free, multidisciplinary arts activities for the public throughout Brookland/Edgewood. This includes the organization’s current Art on 8th program, which offers music, dance and arts & crafts experiences Thursdays-Saturdays during seasonal months. Past initiatives include operating two 3-month “temporiums” in vacant spaces in Brookland as part of Artland/Brookland in Summer 2012, which included a real estate office turned visual arts gallery. From 2013-2014, Dance Place operated Studio 21 on the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk, which houses 29 artist studios next to the Brookland Metro station.

In 2014, Dance Place was awarded a grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the development of a 8th Street Arts Park on the currently vacant alley between Dance Place’s building and the adjacent Brookland Artspace Lofts (BAL). BAL hosts 39 live/work units for artists, as well as three dedicated spaces for Dance Place. The Arts Park will serve as a major extension of Dance Place’s public arts programs, with a schedule of free performing arts, gardening and creative play experiences. The Arts Park is intended be a site for public art by DC artists, with rotating 2-year commissions. This is the first year of public art commissions, some of which may become permanent elements of the Park. The vision for the Arts Park is to create an 8th Street Arts Campus, with artists performing, rehearsing, teaching and creating in Dance Place’s theater and studios, Brookland Artspace Lofts live/work units and lobby and now the Arts Park.

Dance Place has convened a Steering Committee of artists, residents, government agency representatives, business owners and civic leaders to help guide community engagement, design and programming for the park. A list of Steering Committee members and more information about the Park can be found at www.danceplace.org/arts-park.

Dance Place and the Arts Park Steering Committee has hired DC firm Lee & Associates Landscape Architects (LAI) to serve as the architects for the Park. LAI will assist in coordinating the public art projects with the overall design of the park.

The Park concept has been presented at the following meetings:

  • Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association
  • Edgewood Civic Association
  • Friends of Edgewood
  • ANC5E
  • ANC5C
  • Brentwood Civic Association
  • Greater Brookland Business Association

Through online and printed surveys, respondents have indicated that key goals of the park are to provide opportunities for local artists, engagement for diverse citizens, improve the quality of life for Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood and provide experiences for young people. Surveys have indicated that the top programming choices for the park include music concerts, interactive dance, public art, play area for small children and community gardens. The Arts Park is on the Metropolitan Branch Trail and Dance Place is working closely with the DC Department of Transportation to ensure accessibility standards.

Project Deliverables
The design will be fully compatible with the values and artistic vision of Dance Place and the Brookland/Edgewood community: welcoming, inclusive, respectful. People of all ages will participate in the park (babies to elders).

Applicant Eligibility

  • Must be DC resident
  • Must be artist with history of high quality work and experience in creating and installing public art
  • Special consideration will be given to:
    • Brookland/Edgewood residents
    • Projects with community engagement/participation element

Selection Process
Representatives from the Arts Park Steering Committee will review the artist submissions on July 28. Recommendations from this working group will then be presented to the full Steering Committee for approval. Dance Place staff will notify artists immediately after final selection has been made. These public art commissions are contingent on funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art grant, which is due August 20. If need be, artists will be asked to communicate with Dance Place staff prior to grant submission for any additional needed information. We anticipate notification of funding for the grant in October. The Park is scheduled to open in September 2016, with construction on the Park in Winter/Spring 2016. Installation of selected public art works is anticipated for May-June or August 2016.

Timeline for project

  • July 1, 2015: RFP released
  • July 27, 2015: Proposals due by 5pm
  • August 1, 2015: Artist commissions selected and notified (Artists should be available between August 1-20 in case of additional questions/materials needed for grant)
  • August 20, 2015: Public Art Building Community grant due
  • October 2015: Notification about grant and final commission budget
  • May-June OR August 2016: Public Art Installation on the Arts Park
  • September 2016: Arts Park Grand Opening

Dance Place Public Art Commission Application:
Please submit your proposal via email to Judy Estey at [email protected] or send in the mail to Dance Place, Attn: Judy Estey, 3225 8th Street, NE Washington, DC 20017. Please email with any questions.

Submissions are due by 5pm on Monday, July 27.
Name:
Address:
Email:
Phone:
Website:
Are you a Brookland/Edgewood Resident?

Please provide a brief description (less than 500 words) of your proposed art work, including any community participation aspect (if applicable). Please also include methods of fabrication and installation.

Required Additional Submissions:

  • 10 images of at least 5 different works relevant to this project. Please label images with year of work and brief description (1-2 sentences).
  • Detailed scale drawings of proposed project, including three different perspectives
  • Resume
  • Budget with listing of design, equipment, supplies and installation costs. Not to exceed $15,000.

This project is contingent on funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Public Art grant, which we will be notified of in October. Artists must be wiling to collaborate with Lee & Associates Landscape Architects for the final design approval, placement of work and method of installation.

For more information visit http://www.danceplace.org/news/call-for-proposals-public-art-projects/.

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