call for artists - Alameda County

Mar 23, 2011 - Wellness Center. This is an opportunity for professional artists who are: • Making youth-focused artwork. • Are interested in youth empowerment ...
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Alameda County Arts Commission P.O. Box 29004 Oakland, CA 94604-9004 t (510) 208-9646 f (510) 271-5192


CALL FOR ARTISTS Ashland Youth Center: Small-Scale Artwork Commission Program Application Deadline: Friday, May 13, 2011 (10:59pm Pacific Time) The Alameda County Arts Commission will administer this program with "Percent for Art" funds generated by County of Alameda capital projects.

GENERAL INFORMATION Alameda County artists are invited to submit their qualifications for a new Small-Scale Artwork Commission Program managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. This program will commission artists to produce a new series of work in the studio. At the end of the contract period, the artists’ work will be acquired by the County and installed at the Ashland Youth Center (AYC). Four artists will be accepted for this program and commissioned to produce a new series of two-dimensional or low-relief, wall mounted artwork. The artwork will be installed at locations throughout the AYC including gathering, social, and meeting spaces and the AYC’s Wellness Center. This is an opportunity for professional artists who are: • Making youth-focused artwork • Are interested in youth empowerment and working with diverse communities; • Making artwork that contributes to safe, supportive, and healing environments and is positive and uplifting. The Ashland Youth Center is a new construction project that will be located in the unincorporated community of Ashland in Alameda County and is part of a larger complex which will include a new recreation area, an expanded park, and dedicated skate park. The facility will serve youth ages 11-24 and will house high-quality and innovative programs and services in the following areas: Health & Wellness, Recreation, Arts & Culture, Education, and Employment Training & Job Placement. The AYC will be located on East 14th Street at 163rd Avenue. Construction of the Center will begin in 2011 and the facility is scheduled to open to the public in late 2012. ARTIST ELIGIBILITY This opportunity is open to professional artists who live, are permanently employed, or rent/own an artist's studio in Alameda County. The cities and communities of Alameda County include: Alameda, Albany, Ashland, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Sunol, Union City, and other unincorporated areas. Proof of residence, permanent employment, or business ownership within County borders is required. To qualify as an “Alameda County artist” for this project, the artist must minimally live, own a business or be employed on a continuous basis within the County of Alameda for the duration of the entire project, from the point at which the application is delivered through the final acceptance of artwork. Based on County policy, Alameda County employees are not eligible to apply for this program. Artists who have received a contract for one of the other public art projects at the Ashland Youth Center are not eligible. There are no other eligibility restrictions on artists who have received contracts from the Alameda County Arts Commission in the past; all other artists who meet the criteria above are eligible to apply.

AYC: Sm Scale Commission Prog RFQ

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Note: Artists who are currently in the Arts Commission’s Artist Registry for Small-Scale Commission Projects will automatically be considered for this opportunity with their work currently on file. Artists who wish to submit new work for consideration must submit a new application for review. Contact the Arts Commission office with any questions. COMMISSION AWARD AMOUNTS The total budget for the Small Scale Artwork Commission Program at the Ashland Youth Center is approximately $16,000. The Arts Commission has a goal of commissioning both emerging and mid-career artists for this program but is not required to do so; the emphasis will be placed on selecting artists whos