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RFQ for Village Square on Haverford Public Art
PHDC and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), and 3600 Haverford Ave Associates, LP are pleased to offer an opportunity for a public art project to be located on the 3600 blocks of Haverford, Mt. Vernon, and Wallace. This opportunity is part of PRA’s Percent for Art program, which requires developers building on land acquired from the public sector to commit one percent (1%) of their construction costs to original, site-specific works of art. For each project, up to six (6) applicants will be selected from the pool of applicants to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and will subsequently be invited to submit a proposal in response to an upcoming project Request for Proposals (RFP). Read the RFQ.
PHDC and the Knight Foundation Announce ART IS ESSENTIAL
Public Art to Empower, Connect and Engage Communities
Contact: Jamila Davis, PIO, Department of Planning and Development & PHDC,firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILADELPHIA, PA, July 15, 2020
PHDC announced today the launch of a new initiative titled ART IS ESSENTIAL. This program, made possible with $150,000 of public funds and $150,000 from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, supports local artists who are interested in re-imagining community-based public art in Philadelphia.
ART IS ESSENTIAL is a first of its kind, multi-phased program designed to create high-quality, artist-driven and community-informed public art. Artists from across Philadelphia will reimagine how we engage with each other and our communities.
“From the pandemic to confronting the deep impact of racism and inequality, we are asking artists to help us explore and understand our present reality,” said Greg Heller, Senior Vice President of Community Investment at PHDC. “We want to lift up unheard and underrepresented voices across our communities and let artist-led ideas show us new ways to engage, connect, debate, and shape our future.”
Submissions are now being accepted during the program’s first phase for Philadelphia-based artists at any experience level, working in any medium. The requirement is that applicants address the central question of “What does engagement mean today?” A review committee of diverse arts professionals will select 100 exemplary proposals to receive awards of $1,000 each. Later phases will utilize the remainder of program funding to further develop and implement community-centered concepts from the 100 selected proposals.
“Through their work, artists contribute to a community’s culture, connectedness and healing during challenging times”, said Victoria Rogers, vice president/arts at Knight Foundation. “By empowering local artists to create community-centered public art in Philadelphia, we are connecting them to each other and their city when it’s needed most.”
Full eligibility and proposal requirements can be found at http://artisessentialphl.com/ The deadline for proposals is August 26, 2020
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
PHDC is Philadelphia’s full-service community development organization. Its work includes home repair programs, rental assistance, reactivating public land, and financing affordable housing with the goal of building equitable communities. Each PHDC initiative supports amenities that make Philadelphia neighborhoods great places to live.
2020 Percent for Art Committee Members
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