Call Detail
North 32nd Street Improvements Public Art Project



Contact Email: romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Arizona
Entry Deadline: 9/30/21
Application Closed
Budget: $$500,000

REQUIREMENTS:
Media
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 6

CONTENTS

SECTION I – ABOUT US      

SECTION II –PROJECT DESCRIPTION      

SECTION III –TRANSPARENCY POLICY      

SECTION IV – SCOPE OF WORK     

SECTION V – RESPONSE INFORMATION      

SECTION VI – EVALUATION AND SELECTION      

(Click on the LEGAL AGREEMENT button below for the TERMS AND CONDITIONS of this call)

To download a pdf of this call to artists, please visit https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program/public-art-opportunities

SECTION I – ABOUT US

Office of Arts + Culture

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit.

Our Commitment

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture believes in fair treatment, access, and opportunity fo​r all individuals. Our equity strategy aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents. ​

The City of Phoenix fully endorses and supports the concept of equal business and employment opportunities for all persons, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Land Acknowledgement:

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture acknowledges that modern-day Phoenix is on the traditional lands of the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Tohono O’odham and before that their ancestors (Hohokam) as well as the Pee-Posh (Maricopa). We honor the elders of both past and present, as well as future generations that enable us to live here today. Further, we acknowledge the sovereignty of the 22 Tribal Nations who continue to steward the lands that make up the state of Arizona.

SECTION II - PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to work with a project team to design an integrated public art streetscape concept along 32nd Street from Shea Boulevard to Bell Road in North Phoenix. The selected artist will be expected to work with the community and city to create streetscape enhancements that bolster the visual identity of the area, and improve shade and pedestrian experience. This is an opportunity for artists specializing in three-dimensional design and collaborative design teams.

Located in north central Phoenix, 32nd Street has been the focus of community revitalization discussions and efforts to improve connections between the existing residential neighborhoods, the business corridor and surrounding mountains. Once an active commercial corridor, North 32nd Street experienced significant reductions in traffic and commerce when the State Route 51 freeway was built in the early 1990’s.  Dominated by views of the surrounding City of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, the corridor and adjacent neighborhoods offer easy access to downtown while providing such amenities of desert living as dark skies at night, access to mountain trails, and a quieter neighborhood feel.

These project enhancements are being incorporated into the overall design for the North 32nd Street Corridor Improvements by the City of Phoenix Streets Department.  Improvements being studied include:

Right-sizing the roadway for current and anticipated traffic volumes
Widening sidewalks for pedestrian safety
Reconfiguring dedicated bike lanes
Increasing the landscape elements within the corridor

These improvements are also connected to the Drought Pipeline relocation project, which will ensure that water from the Salt and Verde Rivers are available to north Phoenix residents during future water shortages on the Colorado River.​

The selected artist/artist team will be expected to work with various city departments to integrate their concepts into the overall goals of these projects.

SECTION III – TRANSPARENCY POLICY

Beginning on the date this RFQ (hereinafter referred to as the “Call”) is issued and until the date a contract is awarded or the Call withdrawn, all persons or entities that respond to this Call for the services outlined below, including their employees, agents, representatives, proposed partner(s), subcontractor(s), joint venture(s), member(s), or any of their lobbyists or attorneys, (collectively, the “Respondent”) must refrain from any direct or indirect contact with any person (other than the designated procurement officer) who may play a part in the selection process, including members of the evaluation panel, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Managers, department heads, the Mayor and other members of the Phoenix City Council. As long as the solicitation is not discussed, Respondents may continue to conduct business with the City and discuss business that is unrelated to the solicitation with City staff.

Respondents may discuss their proposal or this Call with the Mayor or one or more members of the Phoenix City Council, provided such meetings are scheduled through Romeo Rabusa, Procurement Officer, conducted in person at 200 West Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, and are posted as open meetings with the City Clerk at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled meetings. The City Clerk will be responsible for posting the meetings. The posted notice shall identify the participants and the subject matter, and invite the public to participate. Romeo Rabusa’s contact info is romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov.

This policy is intended to create a level playing field for all Respondents, assure that contracts are awarded in public, and protect the integrity of the selection process. RESPONDENTS THAT VIOLATE THIS POLICY SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED.

SECTION IV -  SCOPE OF WORK

The selected artist will be expected to create an integrated public art streetscape concept along 32nd Street from Shea Boulevard to Bell Road in North Phoenix. Artwork will be created through collaboration with a project design team including the City Streets department, engineering consultants, landscape architects and the Office of Arts and Culture. Streetscape enhancements could include but are not limited to sidewalks, seating, shade structures, landscaping layouts, sculptures, enhanced bus shelters, bike parking, etc. The ideal artist or team should have experience creating holistic environments with multiple public art enhancements and collaborating on design concepts with fabricators, community and design teams.

Estimated Budget

The budget for design is up to $50,000. This amount covers all artist costs, including but not limited to design fees, insurance, construction drawings, engineering (travel if necessary), and community engagement. This budget is for the design phase only and the fabrication and installation costs for the project will be estimated after design is complete and will be negotiated in a second contract. The overall expected cost of the art integrations to the project are approximately $500,000.  

Applicants to this project may be considered for additional public art project opportunities advertised by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Estimated Timeline of Project

August 16th, 2021              RFQ Released, Application Open

August 27th, 2021              Informational Meeting

September 30th, 2021       Application Deadline 10:59 PM (local Arizona time)

Early October 2021          Selection panel recommends finalists for the project.

Finalists will receive a comprehensive packet of information about the project and interview questions.

Late October 2021           Selection panel will interview finalists.

December 2021               City approval and award of contract

Winter/Spring 2022           Design Phase

SECTION V – RESPONSE INFORMATION

Requirements and Deadlines for Submitting a Response to this Call:

Cost: There is no fee to apply to this call.

Deadline: September 30th, 2021, 10:59 p.m. (PDT) Late applications will not be considered.

Eligibility: This project is open to any professional artist with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria (SEE SECTION V – EVALUATION & SELECTION), regardless of residency, race, ethnicity, gender, age or experience. No previous public art experience is required to apply. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

City of Phoenix employees and Phoenix Arts and Culture Commissioners and their immediate family members, and selection panelists and the panelists’ immediate families are excluded from participating in this project. Applications from Artists’ representatives, managers, or galleries will not be accepted.

Submissions: Submissions will be accepted via CaFE at www.callforentry.org 

You can find more information at https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program/public-art-opportunities.    

Do not send original artwork. Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain a complete copy of their application for their records.

Applicant Name: If applying as a team, please select a team lead as a point of contact for all communications. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual.

Blind Jury: The selection panel will review all applicants as a blind jury.  Please do not include your name or identifying information in your image captions, on your images, or in your statement of Intent. Compromising the anonymity of the process for the panelists will result in disqualification.

Applicant Pool: Applicants to this RFQ may be considered as an applicant pool for other similar City of Phoenix public art projects.

Submission Materials:

1.    Statement of Intent (1000-character limit) - Think of this as a job application and your cover letter. Be as succinct as possible. Describe why you are interested in this opportunity and highlight any relevant experience. Do not include your name or any identifying information, such as a website link, in your statement.

2.    Resume or CV. (3-page limit per artist) Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist’s name, address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member merged into one PDF, DOC, or DOCX file.

3.    Image List (1-page limit; DOC, DOCX, or PDF) - Describe each project pictured in terms of materials, site, and scale. Include media, dimensions, year completed and estimated budget. If created as a collaboration, list all partners involved and describe your role in the process. Specify whether the piece is a studio piece, temporary, or permanently installed work. Do not include your name or any identifying information, such as a website link, in the image list.

4.    Images - Up to 6 digital images of previously created artwork in jpg format. Follow CaFE Guidelines for size. (Work samples may include but are not limited to reproductions of paintings, prints, murals, sculpture, graphic arts, fabric arts, etc.). Do not include photographs of yourself, your name, or any identifying information such as a website link, in each description. Do not put text on your images. We recommend using only one photograph per image. Collaging more than one image together may reduce the panelists’ ability to see your work clearly.

Contact information: The City contact for this Call is Romeo Rabusa, Procurement Officer (the “City Contact”). Any questions relating to this Call to Artist shall be directed, in writing, to Romeo Rabusa via email (romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov) or phone (602-534-8334). To be considered, such questions must be received by September 16, 2021 at 12:00 noon (PDT).

If a Respondent believes that any portion of this Call is ambiguous, inconsistent or contains an error, the Respondent shall promptly notify the City Contact of the apparent discrepancy before September 16, 2021.  If the Respondent fails to notify the City Contact of the discrepancy before that date, the Respondent’ shall be deemed to have waived any such claim of ambiguity, inconsistency or error in this Call.

Helpful Links: Several online and video resources for application guidance are available from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture:

•   Public Art 101 Digital Classroom Lesson 1 – Applications and Selection Process (VIDEO) https://youtu.be/tZLBnbXH1mo  

•   CaFE Submission Demonstration (VIDEO) –

https://youtu.be/L0i4HKP9h7g  

•        Artist’s Guide (PDF) – https://www.phoenix.gov/artssite/Documents/2019.10.29Artist's%20Guide%20to%20the%20Phoenx%20Public%20Art%20Program.pdf

SECTION VI – EVALUATION AND SELECTION

A selection panel will be convened by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. Members of the panel will include arts professionals, city staff, and community members.  Non-voting advisors to the panel may include additional city staff and members of the design team. The panel will review the work of all applicants before recommending finalists. The selection panel will have the authority to invite finalists to be interviewed or to develop concepts for the projects.

Responses to this Call should be concise, well organized and provide the requested information. Responses lacking the necessary information will not be considered.

At the selection panel meeting, artist will be selected from the pool of applicants using a 20-point system. The scoring will be based upon the following distribution of possible points:

Demonstrated artistic quality of previously completed artwork. (Work samples may include but are not limited to murals, sculpture, installations, outdoor spaces etc.)

10 points

Potential to create an impactful design for this public project.  (Work samples should show the potential for you to design a complete integrated streetscape concept.)

5 points

Experience in collaborative design work and community engagement (Collaborative work experience can be described in your Statement of Intent and does not have to be art related.)

5 points

After evaluating submissions, the City, at the request of the Evaluation Committee, may ask some or all Respondents to submit supplemental information and concepts, or to participate in interviews.

This project is open to any professional artist with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria regardless of residency, race, ethnicity, gender, age or experience. No previous public art experience is required to apply. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

City of Phoenix employees and Phoenix Arts and Culture Commissioners and their immediate family members, and selection panelists and the panelists’ immediate families are excluded from participating in this project. Applications from Artists’ representatives, managers, or galleries will not be accepted.

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