Thursday, August 30, 2012

Request for Proposals - Legacy Project Recognition Artwork

Request for Proposals - Legacy Project Recognition Artwork

The Project
The John H. Boner Community Center (JHBCC) is requesting qualifications from artists to create a wall-hung artwork that visually represents the accomplishments, energy and excitement created by the “once in a lifetime” moment for our neighborhood and the catalyst of change created by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl and Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.

The piece of art should capture the impact of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Legacy Project and also serve as recognition to the many donors who made the Legacy Projects come to be.

In addition, some part of the creative process will engage neighborhood youth in creating this piece. The staff of the JHBCC and the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center are available to assist with the coordination of the youth engagement component.

The piece will be permanently installed on the property of the John H. Boner Community Center in a highly visible 10’x10’ location above the main entrance on the second floor.

Finally, the JHBCC is able to have this piece created because of the generous support of the Glick Fund and many other donors. These donors will need to be recognized within the piece itself or on a plaque alongside it.

The Budget
Total Budget = $10,000
• $5,000 – Materials and Supplies. Please note that there are some materials available to the artist at no charge – see “Possible materials to incorporate” below.
• $5,000 – Artist Honorarium.

• September 30, 2012 – Entry Deadline
• October 12, 2012 – Artist Selected
• February 5, 2013 – Piece is revealed in conjunction with the Super Bowl

Other than the entry deadline and selection date the only hard deadline is that the piece must be installed before the Super Bowl. The artist will be responsible for scheduling the design, fabrication, and youth participation in such a way to meet the deadline.

Applicant must be 18 years or older and a US resident

Application Procedure
Application will be submitted on and includes:
• Brief description of proposed project not to exceed 300 words (this should highlight both the artwork and the youth component)
• Up to 10 images of previous projects and/or renderings of proposed idea
• Resume/CV not to exceed 3 pages

Selection Guidelines
Successful candidates should have the following:
• strong aesthetics
• track record of completed projects of similar scope
• ability to incorporate and work with youth in some aspect of the project
• ability to work within a budget
• ability to work within a deadline

Location and Architectural Facts
Maximum size of artwork: 10’x10’ feet; depth: up to 3’ feet.

Location: Second floor of the JHBCC overlooking ground floor atrium. The wall that one would be attaching to is 20 gauge 6” metal studs. At a bare minimum, it will need to have 2x wood blocking installed at anchor points of the structure. This means cutting the gypsum board, installing the wood, then patching and repainting the entire wall (likely several times due to the color). Depending on the weight, there may be help to support it from the roof joists and/or the steel beam just under the second floor slab. *Please see attached photos and structural floor plan.

Possible materials to incorporate
The JHBCC has certain materials available to the artist at no charge but are not required if the artist does not choose to use them. These materials include extra gym flooring and three bricks from the legacy center; extra field turf (used by the Super Bowl Champions before the game now installed at Tech High School); plagues (legacy), commemorative brick (CommonWealth), Monumental Award (St. Clair Place), ground breaking shovel (legacy center), Super Bowl Banners (from downtown) and a Super Bowl scarf, badges & gear. We also have various event programs, invitations and self-produced materials.

Organization description and history
Founded by the neighborhood in 1971, the JHBCC has grown to provide a wide array of services that impact over 7,000 neighborhood residents annually. Key areas of services include: early childhood development education; tutoring for school-age children; youth and leadership development activities; workforce development services; financial education, coaching and asset building strategies; homeless prevention and crisis intervention; senior housing and housing for homeless individuals and families; senior socialization and wellness programs; and elder adult day services. The JHBCC mission is to inspire neighbors and partners to improve the quality of life on the Near Eastside by providing tools for change and growth.

Inspirational Elements to Draw from
The following list represents some of the success stories/supporters of the Legacy Project. Although none of these are required elements they reflect the spirit of the story this piece of artwork is to tell. A successful piece will encompass as many of these as possible whether through literal or abstract representation. More in depth information will be made available to the artist(s) upon selection or as requested.
1. Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan -The Near Eastside of Indianapolis improves the quality of life for our neighbors through developing grassroots leaders and fostering involvement among community members, embracing our diversity and preserving our rich culture, encouraging residents to value and engage in educational opportunities, promoting growth and business diversity within the area economy, and developing affordable and attractive housing for all residents in a safe and attractive environment. We accomplish this through collaborating with neighborhood and citywide organizations.
2. Local and National Recognition – The Near Eastside, the Legacy Project, the John H. Boner Community Center, and its partner organizations were featured in various publications including the New York Times, the Indianapolis Business Journal, and official Super Bowl publications.
3. Indy East Asset Development (I-AD), Civic Association, Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO), and Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC). - These organizations were vital to supporting and moving the Legacy Project forward. Without them, there would never have been the plan and the momentum for the great things that happened within the community of the Near Eastside.
4. Team Legacy – Team Legacy is a group of students, teachers and volunteers from Arsenal Tech High School that trained for the May 2011 Mini Marathon. There were community members and 15 students from Arsenal Tech that trained to run the 500 Festival Mini Marathon.
5. Anthem 5k Walk/Run - One of the opening Super Bowl XLVI festivities. The Near Eastside course was created to showcase homes, community centers and commercial buildings that have been renovated as part of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl’s legacy
6. Health Bowl - Backed by the NFL, the HealthBowl is a free interactive health fair with fun activities for the whole family.
7. Naptown knitters - A group of inmates at a state prison in Indianapolis who call themselves the Naptown Knitters were learning how to knit, guided by prison volunteers. The men slowly picked up speed, creating more than two dozen scarves for the Super Bowl Volunteers.
8. 2012 Trees - As part of the Near Eastside Legacy Project, and in an effort to support the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan, neighbors planted more than 2,012 trees leading up to the Super Bowl XLVI in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's NeighborWoods program and the JHBCC.
9. Physical Improvements – These included improving streets, replacing signs, fixing or installing lights, putting in rain gardens, and improving or putting in new sidewalks and were part of the Legacy Project.
10. Renovated and New Homes (Jefferson Street) - A major piece of the Legacy Project was the revitalization of the St. Clair Place neighborhood.
11. Jefferson Apartments (Homeownership Incubator) - Designed for individuals or those with families who have the dream of homeownership, but need time to establish and achieve financial goals. Residents work with Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) and Center staff to create a personalized financial plan to enable them to achieve their homeownership goals.
12. St. Clair Senior Apartments - Located in the heart of the St. Clair Place Neighborhood, these 33 units will provide safe, affordable housing opportunities for persons 55 and older as well as nearly 4,000 square feet of commercial space along the East 10th Street commercial corridor
13. Common Wealth Apartments - Redevelopment of historic Lucretia Mott IPS School 3 building into 32 units of mixed-income apartments, community space, gymnasium, and rooftop sports arena.
14. Pogues Run Grocer - The mission of Indy Food Cooperative, Inc. is to serve urban Indianapolis with a full-service natural products grocery store featuring affordable, fresh, healthy foods and locally produced goods.
15. Little Green Bean Boutique – This boutique’s mission is to provide great quality new & gently used children’s apparel for families who are not only budget conscious but also eco-conscious.
16. Western Gateway/46 Murals – Out of this project six new murals by artists from the near Eastside and the larger Indianapolis arts community were installed along the 10 East Main Street business district.
17. Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center and Indianapolis Youth Education Town - The Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center grew out of a community-driven quality of life work plan begun in 2007. This process engaged more than 500 residents in defining seven quality of life indicators, each of which consists of multiple action items with performance measures attached. This work plan, and its promise of revitalization for an entire neighborhood, was attached to the city of Indianapolis’ bid for the 2012 Super Bowl and helped secure it.
18. Clifford Corners - A 49,000 square foot mixed-use development featuring 12,000 square feet of retail and community services space. There will be a total of 36 dwelling units – 32 apartments and 4 condos. There will be access to the proposed Legacy Plaza – a flexible outdoor market and urban park to act as a central area to pull the community together for festivals, entertainment, market days, etc.
19. Petal Project - The PETAL Project uses digital photography as a way of helping young people observe the investment being made in their community and provides an opportunity to think deeply about how they can contribute, individually and collectively, to ongoing growth.

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