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Artist Opportunity (Request For Qualifications) Temporary Artwork Series in Downtown Santa Monica
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
1437 4th Street Suite 310
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Entry Deadline: 5/5/17
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ARTIST OPPORTUNITY REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
Temporary Artwork Series in Downtown Santa Monica

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Downtown Santa Monica Inc. (DTSM) are partnering to present an ongoing and rotating series of installations that will activate public spaces and invite the community to explore the Colorado Esplanade and the length of the Promenade from Colorado Ave. to Wilshire Blvd.

A pool of artists will be identified and will subsequently develop proposals for temporary artworks to be installed in downtown Santa Monica between July 2017 and September 2018. There are two locations/project areas and there are two distinct opportunities (See categories: Opportunity A & Opportunity B) for which artists can apply. Artists may choose to apply for both simultaneously if they have previous work demonstrating that they could effectively consider both sites (see category: Opportunity A + B). 

Downtown Santa Monica is a pedestrian's paradise accentuated by the world-famous Third Street Promenade and its eclectic mix of street performers, cafes and shops. The neighborhood is an internationally recognized destination for tourists and Angelenos alike and boasts a long history of vibrant arts, culture and nightlife. 

The launch of this arts program and ongoing temporary installations will continue the rich tradition of Downtown Santa Monica as a cultural destination and will provide an exciting opportunity for artists in terms of both visibility, engagement and connection with the public.

GOAL:

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs and DTSM are seeking artists to create unique and culturally relevant artworks that will elicit moments of inquiry, curiosity, wonder, and play. The intent is to create an ongoing and rotating series of installations that activate public spaces and invite the community to explore the Colorado Esplanade and the length of the Promenade as they interact and engage with the artworks. 

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OPPORTUNITY A:
Large-Scale Temporary Artworks in Triangle Square

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This series of installations will consist of at least four (4) large scale temporary installations to be sited at Triangle Square located at Third St. and Colorado Blvd. Large-scale and site-specific works may be on view for the duration one to twelve months depending on various factors including installation type, materials and demands on space.

The large-scale temporary artworks will appear in tandem to additional episodic artworks, interventions and projections (see Opportunity B below) throughout the Third Street Promenade from Colorado Blvd. to Wilshire Blvd.

LOCATION:

Triangle Square - located at Third St. and Colorado Blvd. - a grassy, triangular parcel that is situated to the northwest of the historic Sear’s Building. Triangle Square is a versatile space that was created as part of the major Colorado Esplanade streetscape revision – an improvement that enhanced connectivity and access to the vibrant downtown area. The site does have electrical access. See attached sitemap to become acquainted with Triangle Square, or visit www.downtownsm.com for more information about the Downtown Santa Monica neighborhood.

At this time, we are only requesting qualifications. Once the panel selects finalists, artists/artist teams will be asked to develop artwork proposals for the site.

BUDGET:

Each installation will have a budget ranging between $15,000 and $20,000 depending on the scale, duration of artwork and complexity of installation. Final budgets per installation will be negotiated during the proposal phase. Up to four artists will be selected. Budgets will be all inclusive of any travel, equipment, materials, commissions/fees or other needs for the applicants. This includes any installation and de-installation costs that might be needed. Installations must be de-installed and removed by the artist on determined dates. These dates and terms will be negotiated during the proposal phase.

Once artists are selected, the final proposals will determine individual budgets.

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OPPORTUNITY B:
Episodic Artworks, Interventions & Projections along 3rd Street Promenade

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The artworks will consist of a series of projections including still images and videos but may consider a range of other small scale, site specific work including lighting designs, painted or applied surface treatments, physical interventions and more.

LOCATION(S):

The temporary installations are to be executed in TBD locations along the 3rd Street Promenade, ranging from Triangle Square located at Third St. and Colorado Blvd. and north to Wilshire Blvd. – a very vital and active corridor in downtown Santa Monica. See attached sitemap for potential installation areas, or visit www.downtownsm.com for more information about the Downtown Santa Monica neighborhood. Locations will be determined after artist selection and during the proposal phase. Locations may be facades, vacant storefronts, public right-of-way, etc.

At this time, we are only requesting qualifications. Once the panel selects finalists, artists/artist teams will be asked to develop artwork proposals for the site.

BUDGET:

Each selected artist will receive a working budget up to $6,000 depending on the scale, duration of artwork and complexity of installation. Final budget amounts will be negotiated during the proposal phase. We expect to commission four to ten artists or artist teams over the duration of the series.

Individual budgets will be all inclusive of any travel, equipment, materials, commissions/fees or other needs for the applicants. This includes any installation and de-installation costs that might be needed. Any on-site installations must be de-installed and removed by the artist on determined dates. Once artists are selected, the final proposals will determine individual budgets.

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REVIEW PROCESS AND ARTIST SELECTION:

Because this project involves several partners, oversight boards and public commissions, the process for artist selection and the review/approval of artwork proposals will be facilitated by a joint selection panel, comprised of appointed representatives from the Downtown Santa Monica Board of Directors and City of Santa Monica Arts Commission and Public Art Committee.

The initial RFQ facilitation and future project management will be overseen by LeBasse Projects, an arts consultancy specializing in public art programming.

This panel will review all submissions and will make recommendations for artist selection that will then be forwarded to the Arts Commission and DTSM Board for their review and approval. Both the DTSM Board and the Arts Commission reserve the right to not approve any applicant/s. Once the selected artists are approved by both parties, the joint selection panel will review the subsequent artists and work with them to create and develop site-specific proposals. The panel will maintain the authority to review, accept, or reject all artwork proposals.

At this time, we are only requesting qualifications. Once the panel selects finalists, artists/artist teams will be asked to develop artwork proposals for the site.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

This is a national call and open to all professional artists and artist teams living in the  United States. Previous experience in public art is highly desirable but not required. Artists will be required to meet City of Santa Monica and Downtown Santa Monica insurance requirements and sign an indemnification letter upon selection. Preference may be given to Southern California based artists, but it is not a requirement.

RFQ SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Please submit the following as part of your application:

1. A brief letter of interest which indicates your interest in and qualifications for the project. Please include descriptions of any previous public art projects.

2. A professional resume.

3. Up to ten (10) images of relevant past work in a digital format. We request NO composite images for submission. Public art and previously exhibited work preferred, but non-completed project renderings or previous project proposals will be accepted.

NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AND NO PROPOSALS ARE REQUESTED AT THIS TIME.

Submission Deadline: May 5th, 2017 at 11:59PM Mountain Time.


The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and the Downtown Santa Monica Inc., reserve the right to reject all submissions and cancel this competition. For additional information please contact Danielle Garza at mail@lebasseprojects.com.