Lots Alive 2018
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s Baltimore Green Network welcome proposals for sculptures and installations to be installed as part of the 2018-2019 season of the Lots Alive outdoor sculpture program. Winning proposals will be eligible for grants up to $5,000.
Lots Alive supports the creation of temporary outdoor sculpture sited on vacant lots within the Baltimore City limits. For this grant cycle, seven vacant lot sites have been identified for artist activation in the Park Heights neighborhood (on Park Heights Ave). Each project is expected to be installed for 12 months.
Designed in partnership with Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Baltimore Green Network, Lots Alive aims to breathe life into underutilized vacant spaces through creative interventions.
About the Baltimore Green Network (BGN)
Managed by the Department of Planning’s Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Green Network is a city-led effort to use sustainable, innovative, and cost-effective practices for stabilizing and holding land for redevelopment, and reusing vacant land to green neighborhoods, reduce storm water runoff, grow food, and create community spaces.
About the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City and Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, and offering funding and support to arts programs across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.
This RFP is open to artists, designers, architects, and community residents over 18 years of age and living in Baltimore City. Employees of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts are not eligible to apply. To apply, artists must create a Submittable account and upload their proposal online. All applications require the name and contact information for the artist or team as well as the required proposal documents
RFP opens: June 1, 2018
Submission Deadline: July 28, 2018
All projects must be installed September 22 - October 5, 2018
Selection Criteria Sculptural Art Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Artistic Merit
1. Project must exhibit excellence in design and concept
2. Project must thoughtfully respond to the space in which it exists •
Visual Impact / Visibility
1. Project must creatively redefine a public space by creating “destination” art that both draws people into the community and engages community residents
2. The project must benefit the neighborhood by heightening the visibility of the community as a creative and vibrant place.
• Appropriateness of Budget
1. Revenues and expenses must add up
2. Artists must be paid for their work
3. Necessary materials, equipment, fabrication, installation and coordination costs are realistically reflected within the budget •
1. Appropriate oversight and management must be evident to ensure a well-organized project and a positive benefit to the community
2. Clarity and feasibility of described project and stated goals
3. The project plan must be realistic and on track for project completion by October 5, 2018
• Quality and uniqueness of proposed project
Applications will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurors comprised of regional arts, culture and community development leaders and community stakeholders. Once jury recommendations are made, projects undergo environmental review for final approval. Award Notifications will be released on August 11, 2018.
Responsibilities of Prize Recipients
• Prize money is disbursed increments over the duration of the project. Winners are responsible for retaining all receipts and adhering to their proposed budgets. Sales tax will not be reimbursed.
• Sculptural Art Projects must be installed by October 5, 2018.
• Sculptural Art Projects must be deinstalled by October 5, 2019.
Project budgets must be submitted as part of your application. Budgets should realistically reflect the costs of executing the project. Eligible project expenses include but are not limited to: materials costs, artist fees, installation costs, equipment rentals, administrative costs (can include project coordinator).
Applications must be submitted online via Submittable using this form. Required application materials are as follows:
1. Project Site Address
2. Project Description (500 words or less)
3. Project Drawings or photographs of sculpture – drawings must clearly illustrate the proposed work
4. Proposed Budget
5. Artist Resume – artists working in teams may submit one resume for work completed as a team
6. Artist Work Samples (5 Images)
For more information on this project please contact:
Chris Brooks, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Lots Alive is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.