Request for Proposals
MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL BUS STOP PROJECT

Call for Artists MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL BUS STOP PROJECT

The Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) is issuing a Call to artists/artist teams interested in creating unique durable artwork to serve as bus stop installations at specific locations in Southern Dallas. Each Bus Stop Project installation is sponsored by private donors and maintained by DART as part of a network of art installations in Dallas bus stops.

OVERVIEW AND BUS STOP PROJECT GOALS Are you passionate about the Arts? Education? Dallas history? Do you want to help beautify our city while promoting the history and culture of Dallas’ unique communities? Apply to create a bus stop art installation in Dallas in tandem with local DISD students through the Mayor’s Star Council.

Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) Our mission is to empower leaders to impact our city through our 3 pillars: Learn, Connect and Serve. MSC members engage with peers who share the same passion for improving our city and gain valuable experience that serves as a catalyst for becoming a committed leader in Dallas. The Mayor’s Star Council is made up of a group of diverse leaders from the ages of 25-40 that come from eight different areas of cultural and professional influence: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Government, Hospitality & Tourism, Media, Religion and the Social Sector. This group has accepted the challenge from our Mayor to be civically engaged in the challenges the city faces rather than inheriting them in the future. While not officially affiliated with the city, MSC works alongside the Mayor of Dallas, and as such, the MSC projects reflect the priorities set forth by the Mayor. MSC works collaboratively with the Mayor to assist with key initiatives, including GrowSouth.

The Bus Stop Project The Mayor’s Star Council (MSC) has teamed up with DART, DISD and local Dallas artists on a new initiative—The Bus Stop Project—and we want you to join us. Together with our partners, the MSC is creating the opportunity for artwork designed by local artists and co-envisioned by Dallas high school students to be showcased at select DART bus stops throughout the City of Dallas. Each unique art installation:

▪ Encourages local DISD students to envision and take ownership for the future of their communities. Working with our team of artists, students envision the future of their neighborhoods while connecting that vision to the recognition and honor of the community’s past.

▪ Highlights the history and culture of the neighborhood in Dallas it is located in. This project promotes the strong heritage of our communities in Southern Dallas by highlighting the stories and history that aren’t always visible in locations visited by hundreds to thousands daily.

▪ Connects Northern & Southern Dallas. By offering a uniquely creative opportunity for investment, the Bus Stop Project facilitates the economic and cultural linkage of south and north through enabling Dallas-based donors and corporations from across the region to consider and invest in Southern Dallas. Sister stops offer the additional opportunity for students and all interested Dallas residents to “follow the trail” or bus route connecting two Dallas communities.

▪ Incorporates the brand or logo of the sponsor. The Bus Stop Project offers a unique way to highlight organizations making an impact in our city.

The intent of this project is to build a network of art installations in bus shelters across the Southern sector and the City of Dallas. Each art installation location is chosen in cooperation with the Project’s sponsors and DART. Funding for each bus stop installation is contingent upon donations and other community support.

ART OPPORTUNITIES The selected artists will be expected to work collaboratively with the MSC and Mayor’s Rising Star Council (MRSC) students to identify the nature of the public artwork. Though the MSC and MRSC will be open to a wide range of ideas, the selected artists/artist teams should keep in mind the several fundamental aims of the project outlined above while designing artwork for the site. The artist will be responsible for designing the work, overseeing fabrication and supporting the coordination of the installation. Other design and fabrication priorities that will be taken into consideration include:

● High aesthetic merit of the work

● Overall safety and functionality of the design

● Low degree of maintenance of the work

Given that there are multiple possible locations available for artwork placement as determined on a rolling basis, the artist/artist team will be given the opportunity, to the extent possible, to partner on the location(s) that best fits their proposed interest and enables design with the specific location(s) in mind.

Our current Bus Stop Project art installations span from South Dallas/Fair Park to Downtown.

One upcoming neighborhood location for the Bus Stop Project is in South Dallas/Fair Park at the DART Bus Stop at J B Jackson Jr. Blvd and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Artwork must be functional (typically design is printed on fiberglass sign and secured to a bus shelter with rivets), and should be appropriate and responsive to the pedestrian-oriented streetscape environment.

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY Eligible artists must be 19 years or older. Artists who reside within the City of Dallas or with a history of living in Dallas are preferred. Please Note: The selected artist must be available to begin design work immediately with a first planning meeting/conference call in October, followed by a required workshop with the students on November 1. Artist must also be available to oversee and advise upon installation of the artwork, tentatively scheduled for late November to early December 2018, with the planned unveiling also in 2018.

ARTIST SELECTION CRITERIA Applicants must demonstrate the following qualifications and qualities:

● Ability to work collaboratively with students, sponsors, community stakeholders, other design professionals, and staff

● Ability to understand a locale’s sense of place, and design in a context-sensitive manner

● Demonstrated successful creative, innovative, and effective approach in comparable projects

● Excellent communication skills

● Experience working with durable materials specific to the outdoor environment

● Proven mastery or skill in at least one artistic medium

BUDGET Artist Compensation: $1,000 per bus stop MSC will cover all supply and artwork fabrication costs.

SELECTION PROCESS The selection panel for this project will consist of leaders from the Dallas arts and creative communities and the Mayor’s Star Council. The selection panel and advisors will review the submissions and recommend artists and alternates for commission. The artists will work closely with staff from the MSC and the Bus Stop Project Committee to finalize design for presentation and installation with DART. Once approved, the artist(s) will proceed with overseeing fabrication and installation.

SCHEDULE (may be revised)
Request for Proposals Issued September 26, 2018
Deadline for Artist submittals October 18, 2018
Review of proposals/interviews Mid-October 2018
Artists chosen/put under Contract October 25, 2018
Bus Stop Project Art Session with MRSC students November 1, 2018
Artist’s Design Options Submission November 15, 2018
Student Vote on Design Options Mid-November 2018
Fabrication Commences Late November 2018
Installation Late Nov./Early December 2018
Public Unveiling Late Nov./Early December 2018

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1. Tell Us Why You Are Interested in the Bus Stop Project! Please describe your interest and why you feel you are a good fit for this Project. Your description may include your general approach to an artwork installation of this type, your design expertise and preferred materials, experience working with students, and Dallas neighborhood interests. You may share your interest in the form of written bullets provided in the body of your email submission, an electronically attached written letter, short video, or other creative means. Note: A letter should be no longer than one (1) typed page and a video no longer than 4 minutes in length.

2. Professional Resume Please provide your resume or outline your experience as an artist (no longer than four typed pages). In the case of a team application, please include resumes for each team member.

3. Digital Images of Past Work Please provide 10 digital images of past work in a PowerPoint presentation (may additionally be provided on one PC-compatible CD), with images in priority order of desired presentation. Images within the PowerPoint should have maximum dimensions of 800 x 600 pixels and minimum dimensions of 720 x 480 pixels. Each PowerPoint slide must include (at minimum) the artist’s name, title of the work, medium and size. Additional information, if applicable, could include site, commissioning person or agency, and budget. Installations or 3-dimensional work may be illustrated by multiple images. Please keep formatting simple and do not include fancy fonts, colors, transitions, sound or other “extras.” Please keep total size for the PowerPoint presentation under 2 MB, or it will not be viewed. If provided, the CD should be clearly labeled in ink with the artist’s name and contact information. CDs will not be returned, unless requested. If digital in any other format, please contact Diana Einstein at MSC for instructions on how to submit your material (see contact information below).

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● Please submit all materials via email to busstopproject@mayorstarcouncil.com. Do not use physical copies to submit your application materials in notebooks or binders.

● Printed photographs and/or web sites may not be substituted for images in Powerpoint presentation and/or on CD.

● Applications received after 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018, will not be considered.

IF YOU NEED TO SUBMIT SOMETHING VIA MAIL OR DROP OFF IN PERSON PLEASE CONTACT DIANA BELOW

QUESTIONS: Diana Einstein, Executive Director, Mayor’s Star Council, diana@mayorstarcouncil.org

Stephanie Keller Hudiburg, Chair, The Bus Stop Project, Stephanie.anne.keller@gmail.com