Release Date: February 17,2021

AKRON CIVIC THEATRE - Capital Campaign, Public Art Project Phase II CALL FOR ARTISTS - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists

RESPONSES DUE BY: MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2021 BY 5 PM EST

February 17, 2020, Akron, OH — The Akron Civic Theatre, as part of its Staging the Future capital campaign, is requesting qualifications from artists who are interested in producing public artwork. The Capital Campaign is an exciting $8.5 million transformation of the “Jewel on Main Street” in downtown Akron, Ohio. For 90 years, the Akron Civic Theatre has been a hub of creative opportunities and a place to make lasting memories. Building upon that rich history, the goals of the Capital Campaign are to create a better entertainment experience and to make the outside of the Theater as much of a community asset as the inside, ensuring that it endures for generations to come.

Rather than submit proposals for specific project ideas, this RFQ seeks artists’ qualifications and general thoughts about this opportunity. The selected artists will work with the theater staff, the Capital Campaign Public Arts Task Force, and other key stakeholders to develop their specific innovative, original art related to the mission of the Akron Civic Theatre and in alignment with other aspects of the Capital Campaign that are well underway. * 

Eligibility

This RFQ is open to artists, aged 18 and over, who live and/or work in Summit County and the surrounding counties of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Portage, Stark, and Wayne. Special attention will be paid to artists who live and/or work in the city of Akron.

Project Scope and Sites

The Public Arts Task Force is interested in artwork that is impactful and enhances the overall experience of the Akron Civic Theatre. The Task Force is open to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art including functional art such as seating, bike racks, and more! The Akron Civic Theatre is located at 182 S. Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44308 and there are four sites (both inside and outside) in consideration for the public art. They are as follows:

  • Deck Overlooking Lock 3
  • Outdoor Patio at Wild Oscar’s/Lock 4
  • New Wall in Wild Oscar’s
  • Corner of Canal at Lock 3 and Lock 4

The public art in phase II will build upon the work of nationally renowned artists who were commissioned in 2020 to create public murals for the Civic.

Budget

The total budget for this project is $50,000. The Task Force anticipates commissioning 4-6 projects. The budget is all-inclusive and required to cover all public art related expenses, including, but not limited to, design or artist fee, engineering, fabrication, and installation.

*During 2020, as part of phase I of the public art initiative, the Civic Public Art Task Force facilitated a community survey asking people what words or themes come to mind when thinking about the city of Akron, the people of Akron, the culture of Akron and the future of Akron. The Task Force explained that findings would be shared with public artists to serve as a basis for their work. Please refer to the Akron Civic Theatre’s website for a few visuals of graphics at www.akroncivic.com.

Submission Requirements

Artists are required to submit a one-page narrative describing their qualifications and explaining why they would be interested in working on this project. Artists should indicate what approaches they would take to this project and make note of how they would integrate the goals of the theater and the capital campaign into developing their design. 

Additionally, artists are required to submit, in electronic format:

  • An up-to-date CV or resume.
  • Up to 10 images depicting completed relevant work in JPEG or PNG format (none of the images may contain identifying information), suitable for inclusion in a PPT or PDF presentation; and
  • An annotated image list for the depicted artworks, including location, commissioning agency, materials, and total project budget. Artists should note what their role was in producing the works depicted if a team effort.

Submission deadline

Submissions must be received by Monday, March 15, 2021, 5:00 PM EST. Entries may be submitted electronically to Pamela Fine at pfine@janussmallassociates.com.

Timeline:

  • February 15 – RFQ released
  • March 15, 5:00 PM – Submissions due
  • Early April – Task Force to meet to determine artists to be asked to submit full proposals.
  • On or about April 15 – Artists notified if they are moving on in the process.
  • On or about May 15 – Selected artists to submit final proposals and meet with Task Force soon after.
  • On or about May 31 – Final artists and projects selected.
  • Mid-June 2021 – Contracts issued to selected artists.
  • Late June through September – Artists to create and install their projects.