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Metro Arts RFQ: Forte Legacy Project
3209 Ingersoll, Suite 208
Des Moines, IA 50312

Contact Email:
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Iowa
Entry Deadline: 1/9/15
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 16
Metro Arts Forte Legacy Project
Release date:  November 24, 2014
Please Note:  We are only requesting your qualifications.  We are not looking for completed proposals at this time.  If you are selected as a finalist, then you will be invited in to meet with us.
Eligibility:  Lead artists and artist teams; 18 years of age and older; residing in Iowa; and working in any two- or three-dimensional media.
Deadline: January 9, 2015
About Metro Arts Alliance   
Since 1975, Metro Arts Alliance (MAA) has been providing high quality arts events and educational programming that enriches the quality of life in Central Iowa.  Its education programs bring local artists into area classrooms and community venues.  Signature events like Jazz in July provide free entertainment at locations throughout the community.  Metro Arts employs local artists and provides programming that engages new and diverse arts audiences of all ages. Many programs are provided at little or no cost to ensure that the arts are accessible to all. Metro Arts cultivates and promotes the growth of the local arts, helping to fuel Central Iowa’s creative economy through a rich diversity of programs, educational opportunities, and cultural events. 
History shows that an abundance of the arts builds thriving communities that prosper on many levels. Metro Arts Alliance will be known as a regional leader in bringing the arts to all areas of greater Des Moines.
To advance creativity and strengthen our community, Metro Arts Alliance educates and enriches the development of children and adults through schools, organizations, senior centers, and collaborating with other community partners. MAA creates opportunities that provide lifelong access and engagement in the arts for all.
·      Creating opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts
·      Collaborating to connect people to the arts
·      Educating through the arts
In 2015, Metro Arts Alliance will celebrate its 40th Anniversary.  To commemorate this milestone, the organization will commission a piece of public art that symbolizes the vision and values of the organization and that will engage visitors at the Des Moines Arts Festival. 
The goal of the project is completion of a work of art to be created at the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival and permanently sited at the Des Moines International Airport as Metro Arts’ gift to Iowa.  Metro Arts seeks proposals from artists living and working in Iowa for public art initiative that:
·       Celebrates the positive impact of the arts in the community
·       Involves the collaborative participation of community members of all ages in the creation process, culminating with the 2015 Des Moines Arts Festival
·       Is fabricated using primarily found and/or re-cycled materials, in keeping with Metro Arts’ “Green Arts” theme
·       Contains an educational component that teaches participants about the medium of creation and/or conservation
·       Is durable enough for long-term exhibition.
Over 200,000 people of all ages who attend the Des Moines Arts Festival will have an opportunity to view the work in process and participate in its creation.
Over two million passengers used the Des Moines International Airport in 2013.  Once the finished project is permanently installed at the airport, it will be seen by millions of Iowans, as well as visitors from around the world.
This call is open to any lead artists and artist teams; 18 of years of age and older; residing in Iowa; and working in any two- or three-dimensional media.
A $500 stipend will be awarded to up to three (3) finalists for the development of design concepts.  A $10,000 stipend will be provided to the selected Iowa artist/artist team in conjunction with developing the public art project and working with the public in its creation.
Entry Requirements
Artists should submit the following materials:
·       Professional resume or CV
·       6-10 work samples from past projects.  Please do not submit original work at this time.
·       Up to three (3) professional references
Artists should also respond, in brief, to the following questions:
·       Describe your past/current experience and/or interest in working as a lead artist in collaboration with diverse audiences, including children, teens and adults, to create an artwork.
·       Describe how your past/current work addresses the theme of environmental awareness and sustainability.
All materials must be received by January 9, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. CST.  Entries received after this deadline will not be accepted.
November 24, 2014                           Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released
January 9, 2015                            Deadline for submitting Qualifications
January 16, 2015                                    Notification and determination of finalists
January 30, 2015                                 Workshops for finalists
March 6, 2015                             Presentation of design concepts by finalists
March 13, 2015                                    Selected artist/artist team notified
June 26-28, 2015                                 Installation at the Des Moines Arts Festival

How to Apply
Submitted required materials to:
Applications will be accepted online through the caFE system at
Joe Domeier, Project Chair
Iowa Realty/Installation Arts Iowa
Kim Poam Logan
Executive Director
Metro Arts Alliance
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