DowntownDC Public Space Art
1275 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Entry Deadline: 7/8/18
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 10
Downtown BID Call Box Project Request for Proposals
The Downtown BID is seeking multi medium visual artists that can include but are not limited to Fine Artists, Street Artists, Graffiti Artists, Metal Workers, and Graphic Artists to design, submit and fabricate original designs to be installed on individual call boxes located in the Downtown area of the District of Columbia. Selected artists not currently residing in the District of Columbia will be required to have a District artist as a project assistant on the instillation.
There are 27 call boxes located downtown. The BID is seeking designs for 9 call boxes in 8 locations.
Application Document Downloads:
NOTICE: Applicants must read the entire Request for Proposals (RFP) prior to submitting a proposed design for this initiative. For questions or additional information, please contact the lead arts consultant:
Mr. Mazi A.E. Mutafa, Founder & Executive Director,Words Beats & Life
202-667-1192 (o) 202-494-8668 (c)
Release Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST
Award Amount: $4,000 - $10,000, variable
The Downtown BID is seeking multi medium visual artists that can include but are not limited to fine artists, street artists, graffiti artists, metal workers, and graphic artists to design, submit and fabricate original designs to be installed on individual call boxes located in the downtown area of the District of Columbia. Selected artists not currently residing in the District of Columbia will be required to have a District artist as a project assistant on the instillation.
The Downtown BID Call Box Project is being established to breathe new life into 9 call boxes in 8 locations in the BID. The BID considers the transformation of these call boxes part of creating a vibrant downtown.
Applicants can submit proposals for single or multiple call boxes included in this RFP. Applicants can submit proposals for up to three unique call boxes. Applicants submitting for multiple call boxes will be given preference.
Artists not residing in the District of Columbia will be required to work with a DC based artist for the installation of awarded projects.
This project aims to positively engage the District’s youth and adult artists by working collaboratively to develop public art. The project provides a professional means to practice and perform artistic skills in a way that creates community in downtown DC.
Downtown BID Call Box Project Goals
Applicant Eligibility and Restrictions
This is a national call for artists and artist teams (selection preference will be given artists that are residents of the District of Columbia).
Artists must (at the time of application):
Artist teams can consist of no more than two (2) members, with both members meeting all the eligibility requirements stated above at the time of application.
Call boxes are mounted on pedestals and reach a height of 6-8 feet. Some of the installations have poles that extend another 2 feet high with a light fixture on top.
All the boxes and pedestals have a thick coat of black enamel paint that has been weathered to varying degrees.
The call boxes themselves are 7.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall. Most boxes are missing either a front or back panel. A few are missing both panels. Three pedestals have one panel missing.
Proposals should include the entirety of each installation, from the top of the light pole (if present) to the pedestal base.
Applicants can create work that is flush on the call box panels using paint or wraps. Missing call box panels can be replaced to create these works.
Works of metal, ceramics or other durable materials can be installed inside of call boxes missing one or both panels.
Applicants can submit proposals that include an individual call box or multiple call boxes included in this RFP.
Applicants should be submitting a PDF doc with all the information requests. The date and time of the application deadline is firm. The Downtown BID will not accept late applications. Please follow the following steps for application submission:
Step 1: Review the Downtown BID Call and ensure eligibility.
Step 2: Answer the Eligibility Questionnaire
Step 3: Include Work Samples
ïInclude photos or videos of 4-6 past projects
ïAttach each image to your email submission of your application.
ïPlease submit a “Description” for each project when uploading. It is recommended to provide a description with Location, Title, Year, Medium and Size.
Step 4: Upload mandatory and supplementary documents in the Document Viewer
Artists Selection Criteria
Artist selection will be based on artistic merit, community impact and managerial capability using the following evaluation criteria:
ï High quality and reflection of aesthetic appropriate for Downtown DC as demonstrated in submitted work samples;
ï Adaptability to the collaborative process of public art design;
ï Demonstrated knowledge of public art creation;
ï Ability to create a unique and engaging work of art appropriate in concept, materials and scale;
ï Availability to complete work before September 30, 2019.
Artist Selection Process
The selection process consists of two stages. The Downtown BID will convene a selection panel, representing diverse arts-related backgrounds and expertise to review the qualified applications.
The artist selection panel reviews each applicant’s work samples and materials in order to evaluate qualifications of the applicant.
The panel will recommend up to four (4) qualified artist finalists.
The Downtown BID plans to apply for funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to support 50% of this project.
The Downtown BID call box project selection panel application evaluation process will take into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public consistent with The National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, as amended in 1990.
Applicants are fully responsible for the content of their application packages. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the advisory review panel for consideration.
Notification. Applicants will be notified of a decision via a conditional contract award email or letter of denial. Notifications will be sent to applicants on July 20, 2018.
The budget must include:
Budget funds must be expended by 11:59 PM, September 30, 2019.
The Downtown BID reserves the right to rescind any and all contract awards for non-compliance with contract guidelines, policies or regulations, at any time.
The Downtown BID retains the right to withhold or cancel an awarded contract if the involved awardee does any of the following:
ï Fails to notify Downtown BID staff of changes in the project scope;
ï Fails to comply with the terms of the awarded contract requirements;
ï Demonstrates inadequate financial management and oversight of the project throughout its duration; and
ï Fails to credit support (as per the contract agreement) publicly in any of the project’s promotional or information materials.
Application Checklist / Submission
The following is a checklist for all mandatory and supplementary documents required to submit the Downtown BID call box project application, which are in addition to the required narrative questions within the application. Documents must be attached as PDFs in the email application submission.
Flyers and brochures are NOT considered work samples.