Are you a Richmond muralist or sculptor looking to power forward on your next illustrious artistic creation? If so, a new opportunity has arisen that might be exactly what you’re seeking.
The City of Richmond’s Arts & Culture Division is calling for entries for art projects for the Unity Park section of the Richmond Greenway, a walking and biking trail that transects the city. To be eligible, artists must work or live in Richmond or San Pablo; those residing near the Greenway will receive an additional scoring point, according to project facilitators.
Richmond was the recent recipient of a CA Proposition 84 grant to “develop, beautify, and add amenities to the Unity Park section of the Richmond Greenway,” for a project that will encompass “two murals and two sculptures,” per a recent communication from the City’s Arts & Culture Manager Michele Seville.
The breakdown of the project’s budget—which, per facilitators, includes the design, fabrication and installation—is as follows:
- $10,000 each per mural (total two murals; two artists); and
- $25,000 each per sculpture (total two sculptures; two artists).
The Unity Park community has selected a variety of mural and sculpture themes that they would like to see reflected in the project’s artwork, including “gardens, natural food, youth learning to grow food, multicultural/diversity images, peace among people of all colors, community participation on the Greenway, a meeting place that reflects diversity and collaboration, unity and peace, history of Richmond (railroads, shipyards, blues, Pullman cars), crime prevention and art that promotes education,” according to Seville’s communication.
Although artists can select and utilize use one or more themes from the aforementioned list, facilitators request that artists collaborate early on in the project to avoid repetition.
The timeline for the project is SUPER FAST. Here’s the scoop from the project facilitators:
- Unity Park Presentation/Q&A for Artists: July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm;
- Deadline for Proposals: July 28, 2017, at 5 p.m.;
- Artists Present to Selection Panel: August 2 & 3, 2017;
- Notification of Winning Artists: August 7, 2017;
- Deadline for Mural Installation: September 30, 2017; and
- Deadline for Sculpture Installation: October 31, 2017.
Editor’s note: Artists should be aware that the RFP no longer includes a mosaic component that was previously included.