Request for Proposals
MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL BUS STOP PROJECT
Deadline: september 27, 2019

Fall Call for Artists MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL BUS STOP PROJECT

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

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.

The Bus Stop Project and 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, 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.

BUS STOP PROJECT GOALS 

Each unique art installation:

▪ Encourages local DISD students to envision and take ownership for the future of their communities. Students are able to 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 Dallas neighborhood where the art is located. This project promotes the strong heritage of our communities by highlighting their history.

▪ Offers a uniquely creative opportunity for investment, and facilitates the economic and cultural linkage of south and north by enabling Dallas-based donors and corporations from across the region to invest in Dallas communities. The project brings together students from DISD schools in both the southern and northern sectors to work collaboratively with a local artist. Sister stops offer the opportunity for two stops where Dallas residents could “follow the trail” or bus route connecting two Dallas communities.

▪ Incorporates the brand 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 sponsor, MSC and DART. 


ARTIST OPPORTUNITY

The selected artists will be expected to work collaboratively with MSC and local students to identify the nature of the public artwork. The selected artists should keep in mind the several fundamental aims of the project outlined BUS STOP PROJECT GOALS while designing an artwork piece for the bus stop installation sign. The finished piece medium is artist’s choice, however the minimum size must be 18”x24”x1”. Currently there is no maximum size limit.

The artists will be given the opportunity, to the extent possible, to partner on the neighborhoods that best fits their proposed interest and enables design with that community in mind.

Artwork is typically printed on fiberglass by MSC and secured to a bus shelter with rivets by DART.

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

▪ Must be available for one introductory conference call, attend in person one visioning session, and one ribbon cutting ceremony

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

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

● Excellent communication skills

● Proven mastery or skill in at least one artistic medium


BUDGET 

Artist Compensation: $1,000.00 per bus stop. MSC will cover Vision Session Supplies and artwork installation 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 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. 


SCHEDULE (tentative) 

Request for Proposals Issued                                             August 30, 2019

Deadline for Artist submittals                                             September 27, 2019

Artists Selection                                                                         September 30, 2019

Bus Stop Project Art Vision Session with students              TBD (Fall 2019)

Artist’s Design Options Submission                               TBD (Fall 2019)

Bus Stop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Art Installation    TBD (Fall 2019)

ABOUT MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL

Our mission is to empower leaders to impact the City of Dallas through our purpose of “Learn, Connect and Serve”. Our vision is an engaged diverse leadership radically impacting the city now and into the future through civic engagement and service. By creating the first civically-minded organization in Dallas focused on emerging leaders, we are developing a legacy of culturally diverse and connected young professionals who are committed to using a collective impact approach to moving the needle of progress. Each month class members experience a different city council district and neighborhood, where they learn about that area of Dallas and Serve alongside those residents. We are building strong networks within our class, and also in communities throughout Dallas.                                                       

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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. Please submit in writing or video. In your written or video submission, tell us about neighborhoods you are connected to in Dallas - where you grew up, where you are now, and/or other neighborhoods you have experience working with. Please keep to (1) typed page and a video no longer than 4 minutes in length.

2. Professional Artist Resume: Please provide your resume and outline your experience as an artist (one typed page). Please include resumes for any team members that you will be partnering with (if applicable).

3. Digital Images of Past Work: Please provide minimum 10 digital images of past work in a PowerPoint presentation 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 the artist’s name, title of the work, medium and size. Additional information, if applicable, could include site, or commissioning person. Installations or 3-dimensional work may be illustrated by multiple images. Please keep formatting minimal. Please keep total size for the PowerPoint presentation under 2 MB.  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.org. 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.

● Applications received after 6:00 p.m., Friday September 27 will not be considered.

QUESTIONS: 

Ashley Bryan Flores, Chair, The Bus Stop Project, ashbryanflores@gmail.com

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