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CURRENT OPPORTUNITY

Request for Qualifications  (PDF)

$325,000 Public Art Commission, City of Cambridge, Massachusetts

RFQ Submission Deadline extended to July 13, 2015

Cambridge Arts in Cambridge, MA is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating temporary site-responsive public artwork(s) of variable duration. The site will be a newly constructed King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper Schools in East Cambridge, to be completed by 2019. The City seeks artists and designers with public art experience and encourages artist-led interdisciplinary teams.  The $325,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, travel, community meetings, fabrication, insurance, transportation, installation, and coordination with City staff. 

From this RFQ, four finalists will be invited and paid to submit concept proposals. All finalists will attend a site visit and meet with City staff and project architects before proposal development. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by a Site Committee based on in-person proposal presentations and interviews.

The Site:
The King Open Elementary (JK- grade 5) and Cambridge Street Upper Schools (grades 6-8) are currently housed in one building at 850 Cambridge Street, situated within the city block bound by Cambridge, Berkshire, Willow, and York Streets. Also within this block are the Valente Branch Library (including the Manuel Rogers, Sr. Center for Portuguese Culture), Goldstar Mothers Pool, Frisoli Youth Center, a large playing field, and playgrounds.  While all together these public facilities comprise a hub of extensive informal and formal learning and recreational amenities, the overall new construction project will include only the schools, library, and pool programs. The physical configuration or degree of integration of these three programs has not yet been determined, but it is anticipated that the new public art project will focus on the schools, each of which are anticipated to have separate entrances and identities.  The original King Open School was named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and both current school programs are guided by a mission of social justice, inclusivity of all learning styles, and connection to community.  The neighborhood in which these programs are situated is a combination of dense residential streets and a vibrant, eclectic commercial avenue of many independent businesses. 

The Artist Selection Process:

  • Artists/teams submit qualifications in the form of images of previous work and biographical information online (see below)
  • An Art Jury will select 4 finalists who will be paid $2,000 each to create a proposal
  • Finalists visit Cambridge for a site visit with architects, community members, and City staff
  • Finalists develop proposals
  • Finalists present proposals to the Site Committee, which will select one artist/team to be awarded the $325,000 commission 

How to Submit:
Submit images of past work and biographical information at http://cac.slideroom.com

Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of information.  Upon registration you will be considered for the King Open Elementary and Cambridge Street Upper School Project as well as all future public art commissions administered by the City of Cambridge.

For more information about Cambridge Arts programs please visit www.cambridgeartscouncil.org.  For technical support using Slideroom, please e-mail support@slideroom.com. For other questions please contact Cambridge Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher at jgaucher@cambridgema.gov; 617-349-4388


On-Going Requests for Qualifications

Cambridge Arts Council’s Digital Public Art Registry

Submissions: Ongoing

The Public Art Program of the Cambridge Arts Council is calling all artists interested in working in the public realm to enter our digital artist registry.

Registration is free and easy – upload digital files of work samples and complete a form of biographic information and you will be considered for all future public art commissions.

For the December 15 deadline, we are particularly seeking qualifications from artists interested in designing and building structures suitable for integration into new designs for parks and to serve the City’s current goal of integrating open, intergenerational play.

Since 1979, we have commissioned artists for percent-for-art projects large and small throughout the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  We continuously seek greater diversity in our programs and urge artists of all backgrounds, locales, and working in any medium to become part of our registry. 

How to Submit:

Submit images of past work and biographical information at http://cac.slideroom.com.  Once entered in the Cambridge Arts Council artist registry you will remain eligible for all future public art commissions with the City of Cambridge.

For more information about the Cambridge Arts Council please visit www.cambridgeartscouncil.org.  For technical support using Slideroom, please email support@slideroom.com.  For other questions please contact Public Art Administrator, Jeremy Gaucher, at jgaucher@cambridgema.gov.

Sample Selection Process for Percent-for-Art Projects
To ensure that the most appropriate artists are selected for projects, Cambridge Arts combines jury review with active community participation. The Public Art Commission decides on a selection method for each project by choosing one, or a variation of, the following options:

1. RFQ/Interview: An Art Jury selects a small number of candidates from the Public Art Registry. The candidates are interviewed by a larger Site Committee, which then makes the final selection based on an artists past work.

2. Request for Proposal: An Art Jury selects a small number of candidates from the Public Art Registry. These candidates are paid to develop a site specific proposal. The candidates are interviewed by a larger Site Committee, which then makes the final selection based on the proposals and the artists past work.

For other questions, please contact Jeremy Gaucher, Public Art Administrator