Call to Artists: Munson Park in Norfolk, Virginia (Commission)

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Call to Artists: Munson Park in Norfolk, Virginia (Commission)



Norfolk Arts is seeking a public artist to create strong, bright, fun artwork that will represent children, families, community and the people that live in the neighborhood.

Budget: $80,000
Deadline: March 9, 2018


Images – Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media – Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10

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The Norfolk Public Art Commission and the Munson Park Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and create artwork.

LOCATION/CONTEXT: Munson Park is located in the diverse socio-economic neighborhood of Park Place in Norfolk, VA. It’s standing as a historic neighborhood is reflected in the architecture of the houses, including Queen Anne and Shingle style. In recent years, residents have worked together to implement a plan of neighbors helping neighbors. A new YMCA, state-of-the-art early childhood education school, and redevelopment in the 35th Street business district are just some of the great things that have added value to the neighborhood. Deeded to the City in 1910, Munson Park is a small neighborhood park the size of a city block surrounded on four sides by houses. The park is being renovated with new landscaping, a community garden, new backboards and paving on the small basketball court, and state-of-the-art playground equipment designed for children ages 5-12, including those with special needs (image attached). The entire park will be surrounded by a new waist-high PVC coated chain-link fence. Paths leading from each corner to a center concrete pad will remain (site plan attached).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The committee would like to commission strong, bright, fun artwork that represents children, families, community, and the people that live in Park Place. The work should be thought-provoking and inspire viewers of all ages: children, teenagers, and adults. Artists should be willing to work with the neighborhood and may incorporate ideas and actual pieces of residents’ artwork directly into the final piece.

PROJECT SITE: The committee is open to all artists’ ideas and will consider artwork designed into the fence, borders for the garden, along the pathways and/or in the center 13’ diameter circle in the existing concrete walkway. The circle was previously a sand pit with 1970s-era play pieces. Today, it is an empty space in the walkway.

SIZE/MEDIUM: The artwork should be large enough to be seen by vehicular traffic but also enjoyed by park visitors. Artist should assume artwork will be touched, climbed and played on and must be durable and of permanent materials that will stand the test of time. Materials must be safe and easily maintained. 

PROJECT FUNDS: Up to three finalists may be selected to be interviewed by the Public Art Planning Committee via Skype. The finalists are not expected to complete a design at this stage but will be interviewed about past work and creative process. There will also be a preliminary discussion of the site. The committee reserves the right to select the final artist without a finalist process.

The total budget for the completed, delivered, and installed artwork is $80,000. This will cover artist’s honorarium, fabrication, materials, shipping, insurance, and travel expenses necessary to complete the project, project plaque, final documentation and any incidental expenses. The artist must hire a Virginia licensed contractor to install the artwork(s). The selected artist will be asked to present an educational workshop or presentation to the community.

Please note that a city contract will be issued with a design phase requiring review and approval by the Public Art Commission prior to fabrication.

The selected artist must carry a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy naming the City of Norfolk as an additional insured, and must provide certificates of insurance to that effect guaranteeing thirty (30) days written notice before any changes to the policies become effective. Insurance can be purchased and certificate presented after the first payment is made. If the artist employs anyone in connection with this work, the artist must carry a workers compensation insurance policy and an automobile liability insurance policy if appropriate. The artist shall also be responsible for assuring subcontractors, if there are any, meet the same insurance requirements. 

CALENDAR: This calendar is subject to change.

March 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m. EST time, submittal due date and time
Spring 2018, selection announced
Spring 2019, completion of art

SELECTION CRITERIA AND AWARD CONSIDERATIONS: The commission will be awarded based on many factors such as the aesthetic value, creativity and contemporary relevance of the proposed piece. The city will consider the diversity of beliefs and values and general standards of decency of the citizens who fund the commission and purchase public art for the City of Norfolk. The award will be made to the responsible offeror whose submission is determined in writing to be the most advantageous to the City taking into consideration the evaluation factors set forth in this Request for Proposal.

The following criteria will be used in the proposal evaluation process:

• Artistic merit (excellence, originality, creativity and innovative approaches) as evidenced by submitted materials
• Professional artistic experience to fulfill the requirements of this project either in studio, educational, community, employment and/or art projects and the ability to undertake the design, creation and installation of the artwork
• Appropriateness of materials, style and concepts in relation to this prospectus

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS: Submission must be submitted via CaFÉ website at or delivered to 810 Union Street, Suite 303, (City Hall Building) Norfolk, VA 23510 by 2:00 PM EST on March 9, 2018.  Artists are highly encouraged to apply through CaFÉ. There is no application fee to apply or use the CaFÉ online application system.

The following materials are required:

  • Statement of Understanding, online agreement of compliance to all State of Virginia codes. See Legal Agreement..
  • Letter of Interest, not to exceed one (1) page, outlining your interest in this project and how you will approach the artwork design and creation.
  • Resume, maximum of two (2) pages, outlining your professional accomplishments.  If submitting as a team, please include resumes for each team member, with each resume not exceeding two (2) pages.
  • Artwork Images, selection of up to ten (10) images representing artworks most relevant to the scope of this opportunity.  You may submit up to two (2) audio and two (2) video files if relevant to showing the artwork. Instruction on how to format images for CaFÉ can be found at
  • References, three (3) professional references, including name, affiliated organization (if appropriate), email address, phone number, and relationship to each reference.   

QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP:  Questions about this project may be directed to Danny Hawk, Office of the Purchasing Agent, 757-664-4026 or

For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, contact CaFÉ tech support at 888-562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 8:30 PM to 5:00 PM MDT.

This Request for Proposals is governed in all respects, including but not limited to the award decision, by the Code of the City of Norfolk, 1979, as amended, especially Chapter 33.1, the Procurement Chapter, and its associated regulations.  For more information on doing business with the City of Norfolk or to become familiar with the City Code generally, its Procurement Chapter and regulations, or the ethics and non-discrimination sections of the Procurement please go to the city web site at City encourages women and minorities to submit proposals and for non-minority artist to participate with small businesses and women and minorities through partnerships, joint ventures, subcontracts and other contractual opportunities.  Please describe any planned use of such businesses in fulfilling this contract.

Before submitting proposals, please review the website for possible updates and addendums.


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