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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR Public Art on Quaker Street between the AT&T Building and Cascade Parking Garage and on Ash Street alter the State Route 59 Bridge.
Selection Committee at
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition
47 West Exchange Street
Akron, OH 44308
(330) 374-5657 (phone)
(330) 374-5688 (fax)
Deadline for Submission of Artist(s) Proposal: February 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition seeks to engage an artist to design and create a minimal of one of the two following projects.
The first project consists of public art on the Cascade Parking Garage wall located on Quaker Street in Downtown Akron, across from the AT&T Building. The wall is around 30 feet by 70 feet.
The second project consists of a constructed archway located on Ash Street, coming off of the State Route 59 Bridge, going towards Downtown. The area serves as a significant entryway into Downtown Akron. Artists interested may choose to apply for one or both of the aforementioned projects.
The iTowpath Initiative
The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition was awarded a $249,900 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in January of 2015 to implement what is now called the iTowpath project. The iTowpath project is designed to enhance the Towpath Trail in Downtown Akron and connect with surrounding businesses, neighborhoods, and communities.
Project Theme and Description
The Committee seeks to provide the selected artist with the freedom to create an original and innovative work that will enhance the vibrancy of this location in Downtown Akron, subject to the following parameters:
To be considered for this work, interested artists must submit a proposal that will include:
The following criteria will be used in the selection process:
Artists may be asked to appear for an interview after receipt and review of the written submissions.
A Note from Benjamin, the SummitLive365 Coordinator
I had someone ask about what, exactly, was meant by “3-D.” I called the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition and here is what I found out:
To clarify… There are two projects. Artists may submit for either or both.
One is a mural.
The second is an archway that doesn’t exist yet. The artist would design it and work with a construction company to BUILD the archway. The 3-D component is because it’s an actual object to be built and not a pre-existing object that needs “arted” upon.