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RFQ for 21st Avenue Projects

The Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation (FNDC), in partnership with the City of Sacramento's Department of Public Works, has released a request for qualifications (RFQ) for artists based in Sacramento for four opportunities: two murals and two utility box wrap designs. See the end of this post for the specific locations and details for each of the four project opportunities.  
 

These murals and artistic box wraps are part of our 21st Avenue Beautification Project, funded through a Clean California grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans.) The whole project includes numerous murals, artwork, and street improvements along 21st Avenue.

This RFQ is open to any artist or team of artists based in the Sacramento area who demonstrates the ability and experience to successfully execute one of the four projects. Because this is part of a larger effort to reconnect South Oak Park and the Franklin District on 21st Avenue across Highway 99, artists living in or with experience with Oak Park, North City Farms, the Franklin District, or South Sacramento are particularly encouraged to apply. We recommend that interested applicants visit the project sites to gain a better understanding of the context for the four different projects.

Process and Criteria for Selection

A panel of community members and artists will review application materials and work samples and select finalists to interview before choosing the lead artist or team for each of the four projects. They will evaluate artwork quality, experience, capacity to engage and work with FNDC, property owners or other agencies on design, and capacity to complete the project on time.

 

How to apply

All interested candidates can apply below with the ‘Apply Here’ button. You will need a Google account to upload files. (If you have a problem accessing the link, try using Chrome or Edge as your browser.)

 

You can apply as an individual or as a team.

 

Individual Lead Artist Guidelines

You will be asked to submit your:

  • Contact information (name, address, email, phone number) and which project(s) you are interested in

  • A letter of interest in .pdf format. In the letter, briefly explain your qualifications, artistic experience, experience engaging with property owners or agencies on design, and your connection if any with Oak Park, North City Farms, the Franklin District, and/or South Sacramento.

  • CV or Resume (2 page maximum)

  • Portfolio (10 image files of recent work, only one work or project per file). The images need to be JPEG, or PDF labeled with your last name, first name, and title (LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg / LastName_FirstName_Title.pdf).

  • Three Professional References (Name, Title, email, phone number)

 

Team Artists Guidelines

The Team Lead Artist and each Team Member should submit their own application including all of the above information so the review panel can evaluate the team’s qualifications.

 

The Team Lead Artist should also make sure in their submitted letter of interest to explain the team’s experience working together on similar projects.

 

Is there a deadline for applying?

Yes, applications are due by Wednesday, July 19, 11:59 pm. There is no submission fee.

Proceso y criterios de selección

Un panel de miembros de la comunidad y artistas revisará los materiales de solicitud y las muestras de trabajo y seleccionará a los finalistas para entrevistar antes de elegir al artista principal o al equipo para cada uno de los cuatro proyectos.. Evaluarán la calidad de la obra de arte, la experiencia, la capacidad para involucrar y trabajar con FNDC, propietarios u otras agencias en el diseño, y la capacidad para completar el proyecto a tiempo.

 

Cómo aplicar

Todos los candidatos interesados pueden postularse a continuación con el botón 'Aplicar aquí'. Necesitará una cuenta de Google para subir archivos. (Si tiene problemas para acceder al enlace, prueba a usar Chrome o Edge como navegador). Puede aplicar como individuo o como equipo.

 

Directrices individuales para artistas principales

Se le pedirá que envíe su:

  • Información de contacto (nombre, dirección, correo electrónico, número de teléfono) y en que proyecto(s) le interesan 

  • En la carta, explique brevemente sus calificaciones, experiencia artística, experiencia trabajando en diseño con propietarios o agencias, y su conexión, si la hay, con Oak Park, North City Farms, el Distrito Franklin y / o South Sacramento.Una carta de interés en formato .pdf.

  • CV o hoja de vida (máximo 2 páginas)

  • Portafolio (10 archivos de imagen de trabajo reciente, solo un trabajo o proyecto por archivo). Las imágenes deben ser JPEG o PDF etiquetadas con su apellido, nombre y título (LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg / LastName_FirstName_Title.pdf).

  • Tres referencias profesionales (nombre, título, correo electrónico, número de teléfono)

 

Directrices para artistas en equipo

El artista líder del equipo y cada miembro del equipo deben enviar su propia solicitud, incluida toda la información anterior, para que el panel de revisión pueda evaluar las calificaciones del equipo.

 

El artista principal del equipo también debe asegurarse en su carta de interés presentada de explicar la experiencia del equipo trabajando juntos en proyectos similares.

 

¿Hay una fecha límite para presentar la solicitud?

Sí, las solicitudes vencen con vencimiento el miércoles, el 19 de julio, 11:59 pm. No hay tarifa de presentación. 

Anticipated Timeline:

  • RFQ Released: June 21, 2023

  • RFQ Deadline: July 19, 2023, 11:59 pm 

  • Panel Review and Finalists Notified: Week of July 24, 2023

  • Finalist Interviews: Wednesday, August 2, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Lead artists/teams selected and notified: August 7, 2023 (wrap designers may be a bit later)

  • Contract agreements executed with FNDC: August 14, 2023 (wrap designers may be a bit later)

  • Projects completed: anticipated in Fall 2023; the schedule will be refined as part of the contracting process for each project 

What if I need help or have more questions? If you need help with completing the application, or have questions about the RFQ or mural project, please email sharon@franklinblvddistrict.com

¿Qué hago si necesito ayuda o tengo más preguntas? Si necesita ayuda para completar la solicitud, o tiene preguntas sobre la RFQ o el proyecto de mural, envíe un correo electrónico a sharon@franklinblvddistrict.com

Project A - "Hair Themed" Mural

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Project A is a mural project on the 21st Avenue wall of El Regio Plazita at 4517 Franklin Boulevard. The wall is approximately 32’ long by 10’ high. 

The building houses a beauty/barbershop, and the owner wants a mural with a “hair theme.” The selected artist will be expected to work with the shop owner and FNDC to obtain input, review and final approval of the mural design. The owner primarily speaks Spanish so an artist proficient in Spanish is desirable but not required; if necessary, FNDC will facilitate translation with the owner.

The budget for the project is $12,000. The lead artist will be paid 30% upon contract signing, 40% upon approval of final design, and 30% upon mural completion. The budget anticipates that the selected lead artist will provide the needed paint, supplies, equipment, and graffiti coating to complete the mural. FNDC and the City will help with design review and planning and permitting for closing sidewalks as needed during mural painting.

 

Ideally, the artist for this mural will be able to coordinate timing with the selected artist for Project B so the sidewalk can be closed at the same time for both projects – preferably in Fall 2023 but the timing is subject to negotiation with each selected artist.

Project B - Second Regio Plazita Wall

Project B is a mural project, also on the 21st Avenue wall of El Regio Plazita at 4517 Franklin Boulevard, shown below. The wall is approximately 17’ long by 10’ high.

 

This mural does not need to have a “hair theme” as in Project A, but the selected artist will still be expected to work with FNDC and the owner to obtain input, review, and final approval of the mural design. The city street light pole is about 10” from the wall. It will be up to the artist to develop a design with the pole in mind.  

 

The budget for the project is $8,000 through Clean CA grant funding from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The lead artist will be paid 30% upon contract signing, 40% upon approval of final design, and 30% upon mural completion.

 

The budget anticipates that the selected lead artist will provide the needed paint, supplies, equipment, and graffiti coating to complete the mural. FNDC and the City will help with planning and permitting for closing sidewalks as needed during mural painting.

 

Ideally, the artist for this mural will be able to coordinate timing with the selected artist for Project A so the sidewalk can be closed at the same time for both projects, preferably in Fall 2023 but subject to negotiation with each selected artist.

Project C - City Utility Box Wrap Design

Project C is to design a vinyl wrap for the City of Sacramento signal control box at the corner of 21st Avenue and Franklin Boulevard, shown below. The box is approximately 75” high x 38” wide.

 

Compensation for the design is $1,500, paid upon completion. FNDC will provide a template with dimensions for the selected designer to use for the wrap. The designer will need to obtain input, review, and approval of the wrap design from FNDC and the City of Sacramento. Once the design is completed and approved, FNDC will be responsible for working with the wrap vendor and the costs of fabrication and installation of the wrap. 

Project D: SMUD Transformer Box at Ethel Phillips Elementary School

Project D is to design a wrap for the SMUD controller box, shown below, at Ethel Phillips Elementary School, 2930 21st Avenue. The transformer box is located near the new mural just completed on the school storage building closest to La Superior Supermercados and visible through the fence on 21st Avenue. The box is approximately 77” x 82”.

 

Compensation for the design is $2,500, paid upon completion. FNDC will provide a template for the selected designer to use for the wrap. The selected artist will be expected to engage with FNDC and Ethel Phillips Elementary School’s principal and students for input, review, and approval of the wrap design. The design will also have to be approved by SMUD. Once the design is completed and approved, FNDC will be responsible for working with the wrap vendor and the costs of fabrication and installation of the wrap. 

Sponsors/Partners

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