Pinellas County Community Enrichment Mural Program | 2019

PINELLAS COUNTY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CREATIVE PINELLAS IS LAUNCHING A MURAL PROGRAM TO BEAUTIFY UNDERUTILIZED SPACES AND FOSTER COMMUNITY PRIDE. ARTISTS, CHECK OUT THE CALL BELOW!

Call to Artists

Pinellas County Community Enrichment Mural Program – RFQ
Deadline May 21, 2019

Summary

Pinellas County, in partnership with Creative Pinellas, is launching the Community Enrichment Mural Program which aims to beautify underutilized public spaces and provide new opportunities for community pride and engagement.  As the Program’s pilot project, the County has selected a highly visible wall along the future site of the Pinellas Trail North Loop. While this wall is visible from the road, the County is anticipating frequent pedestrian and bicyclist traffic along this route, and seeks to create a bright, welcoming space for residents and visitors alike. Creative Pinellas is seeking one artist (or artist team) to design and paint a mural for this project. Applications are being accepted between April 22nd and May 21st, 2019. The selected artist (or artist team) will be notified on or around May 30th. The mural is planned to be completed by June 30th, 2019.

Art Goals

This is the first large scale mural project for Pinellas County in partnership with Creative Pinellas.  The mural’s goal is to transform a space with visibility into a fun and lively public work of art that creates a unique sense of place. This project will be part of the extension to the Pinellas Trail in the area of Boot Ranch. The artwork will create excitement and interest for the community, and appeal to the mass audience, with the intention of increased public awareness of art, its value and contribution. The mural would be one that has “drive-by” and “photographic” appeal creating a placeholder for the community. Artists (or artist teams) are encouraged to use their unique style of communication and expression that will lift up the environment to be an inspirational space and go beyond the simple visual representation of an object or event.

Eligibility

This call is open to artists or artist teams residing in Pinellas County with professional experience in public art mural work. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be willing to adhere to all contractual obligations and adhere to the project guidelines and timeline.

Budget

The budget for this project will range from $22,000-$25,000. The budget will cover the artist’s fee, materials, equipment, travel costs, and necessary liability insurance.

Application Requirements

Artists must submit the following items by completing the application by clicking Apply Here:

  • A short biography or artist statement {Max 500 words}
  • Statement of interest, purpose or intent for the project {Max 500 Words}
  • Resume or CV
  • 4-6 photographs of completed murals that best represent the artist’s experience, style, and ability, along with description, materials & budget
  • Contact information for two (2) references from past mural clients
  • Proof of Pinellas County residency
  • Team applications should include representation of the entire team
  • Projected line item budget for the project

Wall Specifics

The County owned property situated along the future site of the Pinellas Trail North Loop is smooth concrete and measures approximately 2,500 square feet. It is 13 feet high by 192 feet wide. The wall will be power washed before June 1st, 2019. The Pinellas Trail North Loop expansion will close the existing gap in the Pinellas Trail between John Chesnut Sr. Park and the Duke Energy Trailhead. The mural wall is located near the intersection of Tampa Rd and McMullen Booth Rd, behind the Publix.

Deadline and Submission 

Applications will be accepted between April 22nd and May 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm (EST). Any applications received after that time will not be considered.

Please submit applications by clicking Apply Here.

Selection Process

On May 29th, each application will be reviewed by a diverse panel consisting of county-wide representation, including but not limited to Pinellas County staff, local art curators and mural artists. The selected artist or artist team will be notified on/or around May 30th, 2019. The selected artist or artist team will then be required to provide three (3) mural design sketches to be reviewed by representatives of the County and Creative Pinellas. The artist will agree to make reasonable accommodations, if necessary, to the winning mural design to adhere to project guidelines and County transportation safety regulations.

Panelist will consider the following factors for each Artist  (Team) application:

  • Ability to meet the project’s artistic goals
  • Ability to meet the project timeline
  • Proven experience working within similar project guidelines
  • Artistic merit
  • Quality of past work

Project Timeline

The call will close May 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm (EST). The panel will conduct its review on May 29th, 2019. The selected artist or artist team will be notified on or around May 30th, 2019. Artist design must be chosen and agreed upon by all parties by June 10th, 2019. Our target is to complete the mural by June 30th in order to avoid the summer heat and rain.

Mural Celebration

Upon completion of the mural, to celebrate and activate the new mural art, there will be a celebration for the community including Pinellas County government representatives, local art agencies, media and Creative Pinellas staff. The celebration will provide a connection to the artist(s) with the intention of creating appreciation for the mural process and art in the community and beyond. Date and Time TBD. We request artist attendance.

About the Pinellas Trail Loop

The Pinellas Trail Loop is a 75-mile regional trail network that provides Pinellas County residents and visitors with an additional safe, reliable and affordable transportation option for recreation and access to many county amenities. When complete, the Loop will be a continuous multi-use pathway stretching from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, with connections to Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena and Gulfport. The Loop will also provide regional connections to Hillsborough and Pasco County trail networks, and link to the western end of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail, a 250-mile multi-use trail that will cross the width of Florida. —Pinellas County Public Works

Pinellas County, in partnership with Creative Pinellas reserves the right to cancel the call to artist at any time and may choose not to move forward with an artist unless an agreement has been set forth between the artist and said agency.

 

 

Applications for the program is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted to this RFQ. We look forward to more muralARTS opportunities in the near future.

Questions

Contact Jenee Priebe, Project Manager, at muralarts@creativepinellas.org or (727) 280-6680.

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