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Downtown Arts District Mural RFP

Downtown Arts District Mural RFP

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Published by Ben Fyffe
Help create a New Mural for the Downtown Arts District!
Help create a New Mural for the Downtown Arts District!

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Published by: Ben Fyffe on May 07, 2013
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The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks tocommission an artist or artist team to design and produce a mural for theDowntown Arts District. This call is open to artists or artist teams livingwithin 200 miles of El Paso.
El Paso Downtown Arts District
The vision of the El Paso Downtown Arts District is to stimulate the artisticand cultural life of the region by providing a lively space for arts and culturalevents. The El Paso Downtown Arts District is comprised of 18 museums,presenting venues, green-spaces, festival footprints, cultural organizations,historic facilities and tourist amenities within a 19-block footprint.Additionally, the Downtown Arts District organizes a monthly art walk, LASTTHURSDAYS, as well as oversees a competitive funding program calledKickstART Downtown for recurring festivals and events downtown. Furthergrowth in the Downtown Arts District is projected in 2014 with the additionof ArtSpace, Inc. an affordable live/workspace for artists.
Project Description_____ 
The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department willcommission an annual mural competition for the Downtown Arts District. Themural will be located on W. Missouri Avenue, along the north facing façadeof the El Paso Museum of History. The mural will be outdoors along MissouriAvenue and viewable to pedestrians and passing traffic. The mural isintended to serve as a lively and inviting visual landmark for the DowntownArts District. The theme must focus on the arts, be representative of thelocal art scene, local heritage, and promote the Downtown Arts District.
Project Overview _______ 
The project is open to any media appropriate for the flat wall surfaceand site, with the ability to withstand exposure to the climate andenvironment for the duration of one year.
Appropriate applications include: archival paint including acrylic oraerosol paint.Mural Wall dimensions are 30 feet in length and 6 feet in height with a
working surface area of 30’ in length by 5’10” in height; 175 square
feet in total.The City of El Paso will hold copyright, access, etc. to the rights of thework and all reproductions.The design of the project shall comply with the Obscenity ClauseSection 10(7)(b) of the Texas Commission on the Arts EnablingLegislation, which prohibits the Texas Commission on the Arts and itsgrantees from knowingly fostering, encouraging, promoting, or fundingany project, production, workshop, and/or program that includesobscene material as defined in Section 43.21 Penal Code of Texas.
Total project budget is $2,000 USD and is all-inclusive
Eligibility Requirements
This project is open to artists/ artist teams living within 200 miles of ElPaso, Texas.Artists applying for this project must be over the age of eighteen yearsold.Students are eligible to apply only as part of an artist team, that issupervised at all times by a lead artist over the age of eighteen yearsold.Recipient must be able to receive payment from the City of El Paso asa legal vendor.Artist and/or artist teams whom are awarded the commission areineligible to reapply for two years following last commission.
Scope of Work
The selected artist or artist team will:Contract with the City of El Paso
to fulfill the artist’s services.
 Once commission commences, the artist or artist team has fourconsecutive weeks to install or complete the mural according tocontractual timeline.Conduct research, design and production, which include examining thesite, reviewing pertinent documents, and meeting with City staff.Prepare verbal, written and visual presentation to show schematic andfinal artwork proposal. Presentation should include:
A preliminary depiction of the proposed artwork in the form of ato-scale drawing or depiction.
A narrative description of the sources and methodology used todevelop the proposal, plus information abo
ut the scale, location,
context, materials, maintenance requirements, and fabricationand installation methods
Preliminary budget
Material samples, if availableParticipation in-person for meetings, presentations, ribbon-cuttingceremony, and outreach to media.Fabricate, transport, and install artwork.Coordinate with City Staff, as required.Establish and submit a working schedule that meets the approval of the Downtown Arts District Coordinator.Willingness to clean up at the end of the day and run errands asneeded.Submit a weekly progress report with digital photographs, to be usedfor documentation of the process and for social media use.
Submission Deadline:
June 3, 2013 cut off at 5:00pm
 Artist Selection Panel Review:
July 9, 2013
Notification to Selected Artist:
August 1, 2013
The above dates are
contingent on the agencies’ schedules and may be
changed at any time.
To Apply
Applications must be submitted using the Call for Entry (CAFÉ) onlineapplication system managed by the Western States Arts Federation(WESTAF). Artists will be required to create a username and password andset up a personal account, free of charge at www.callforentry.org. Followingsuccessful set up, all interested applicants will be granted full access to our
detailed application; simply click on “Apply to Calls” and click on “
El PasoDowntown Arts District Mural Project
”. You
r account information and imagewill be saved for your convenience and easy access when applying to futurecalls using CAFÉ.
Submission Requirements__________________________________ 
Letter of Interest: briefly describe your interest and qualifications forthis project.Current Resume: outline your experience as an artist.
Artist teamsmust submit a resume for each member
with a one pagemaximum.1 image of a past completed mural artwork. Including: title of work,dimensions, medium, year of completion, and a three (3) sentencedescription.
If applying as a team, only one (1) JPEG image canbe submitted to CAFÉ.
Prepare verbal, written and visual presentation to show schematic andfinal artwork proposal. Presentation should include:

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