The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is responsible for providing grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city. One tool, in which the agency accomplishes this goal, is through our DC Creates! Public Art program (DC Creates!).
DC Creates! gives opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, bridges and other public venues. DCCAH currently has a public art portfolio that includes more than 120 permanent site specific works and nearly 2,500 pieces in our Art Bank Collection.
DC Creates! has also completed a public art master plan, which can be viewed here. Throughout the planning process, DC Creates! met with various stakeholders from the Fall of 2008 to the Winter of 2009 to discuss community needs and wants. Local curators were a part of the community engagement process, and expressed ways in which the curatorial community can play a role in the District’s public art program. One of the recommendations from the plan was to support temporary exhibitions of artworks in public spaces on an annual basis. As a result, the 5×5 temporary public art initiative was created to offer the city an opportunity to visualize our strong curatorial community and use art as a tool to activate vacant, dormant and open space.
To execute 5×5 DCCAH is requesting proposals from a Curatorial Team to manage the 5×5 Public Art Project. Through a competitive process, DCCAH and the selected Curatorial Team will select five curators for the 5×5 exhibition. Individually, each curator will be responsible for identifying five different artists to create artwork for five different sites throughout the city. The result of this collaborative process will yield 25 new, temporary public artworks that will enliven the public realm throughout the District and generate new artistic interest in temporary public art.
Currently, DCCAH has allocated $250,000 (approximately $50,000 per curator) for the fees, design, fabrication, installation and de-installation of each site. The selected Curatorial Team will lead the 5×5 implementation process and work with the 5×5 curators to gain site control, manage their budget and finalize their schedule(s) for the 5×5 exhibits and ultimately ensure that the following goals of this initiative are met:
• Creatively activate vacant spaces and sites to attract residents and visitors to explore beyond the monumental core.
• Showcase artworks that are innovative by incorporating fresh ideas such as creative pop up retail, entertainment, recreation, technology, culinary arts, interactive workspace, education, dynamic installations, etc.
• Form partnership opportunities between the private sector and creative community to support the city’s economic development efforts.
• Create opportunities for artists to experiment with approaches that are not possible through permanent commissions.
• Build relationships with local community groups, galleries and cultural institutions, city agencies, organizations and site owners.
• Create an environment in which the works of local, regional, national and international artists merge to reflect the character and identity of the city.
• Raise the creative profile of the city.
Proposals Due: Monday, February 28th 2011 at 5:00pm.
For questions, email Deirdre Ehlen from January 10-25, 2011 from 9am-5:30pm.