Public Art RFQ – KCPD North Patrol Division Station
Public Art Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Kansas City Police Department North Patrol Division Station
Estimated Public Art Project Budget: $ 75,000
Deadline for Submittals: August 21, 2015
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking artists or artist-led collaborations to develop innovative, original art for the new Kansas City Police Department North Patrol Division Station located at 10610 NW Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153, which is near the intersection of Vienna Road and Northwest Prairie View Road, near the Kansas City International Airport.
On November 2, 2010, voters in Kansas City, Missouri voted to approve extending the quarter-cent Public Safety Sales tax. The tax renewal means the City of Kansas City, Missouri can complete worthwhile capital improvements, including providing modern facilities for police officers. A main feature is a replacement for the current North Patrol Division Station, which is designed to create a welcoming and yet commanding impression to visitors. The new North Patrol Station key elements include:
- Community room
- Public lobby
- Public restrooms
- Front Desk
- Modernized detention center
- Easily visible from Interstate 29 and the surrounding area
- Operates 24-hours daily
Artwork for this project will be commissioned through the City of Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Art Commission. Artists will coordinate work with City staff, Police representatives, and the architectural design team. The estimated budget for artwork and all related art project costs is $75,000.
The opportunity to compete for this project is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. The City of Kansas City, Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Qualifications by City employees or their relatives, and members of the Artist Selection Panel or Municipal Art Commission or their relatives will not be considered. Experience with public art projects, especially in relation to capital projects, is preferred. Applicants must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the design team and multiple government agencies.
Interested artists should submit the following, to be delivered to the address listed on page 3 of this RFQ by 4:00 PM Central Time, on Friday, August 21, 2015. Applications must include the following components, which must be formatted as instructed below and emailed to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org no later than 4:00 PM, on Friday, August 21, 2015.
- A professional resume (limit 3 pages). Artists working collaboratively must submit a resume for each collaboration member.
- A letter of interest (typed in at least 10-point font, maximum two pages) outlining your approach to public art as well as providing the panel with insights regarding your interest in making art for the City of Kansas City, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and the public realm in general; what you bring to the project as an artist; challenges and/or sources of inspiration presented by the KCPD North Patrol Division Station project and site; what you would hope to gain from this experience; and any other comments that might help to differentiate you as a candidate for this program.
- Digital Images and Slide Script
Up to ten (10) digital images of recent work. Recent works may be built or proposed in any medium. An image script with a numbered list that corresponds to the submitted images should also be include. For each image, include the title, date, materials, dimensions, locations as well as project budget and commission entity, if applicable.
- Application format and Deadline
The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1⁄2” x 11” page) of not more than 10 single sided pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, August 21, 2015. Please put “KCPD North Patrol – Official Submittal” project title in the subject line of the email. Or you can mail t hem to Elizabeth Bowman, Art Commission, City Hall, 17th Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106, and must be delivered no later than 4:00 PM on August 21, 2015.
- Up to three individual pieces, total, of selected printed materials such as articles, catalogues.
- Three references with current contact information.
The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, citizens, Police representatives, design professionals, and City staff. The panel will select a small group of finalists who will be asked to develop proposals. A stipend will be provided for the development of proposals / finalist interviews.
The criteria used by the panel will include the artist’s professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials.
The City of Kansas City is not required to make selections from these submissions, if, in their opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.
Submitted materials may be hand-delivered or mailed but must arrive by the deadline, Friday, August 21, 2015 by 4:00 PM Central Time. Postmarks are not acceptable. Late submittals will be returned unopened.
Municipal Art Commission, KCPD North Patrol
17th Floor, City Hall
414 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
For further information, or to request a PDF version of the RFQ by email, contact the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission (816) 513-3422 or email: Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org.
ANTICIPATED ART PROJECT SELECTION TIMELINE
Qualifications Due: Friday, August 21, 2015 by 4:00 PM, Central Time
Panel Review(s): September, 2015
ABOUT THE MUNICIPAL ART COMMISSION
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, Municipal Art Commission was established in 1926 by the City Charter and comprises a 13-member board including the Mayor, the President of the Board of Parks & Recreation Commissioners, and the Chairman of the City Plan Commission, all ex-officio members; and six appointees of the Mayor.
By City Charter, the Art Commission’s responsibilities include the approval of works of art on, or extending over any City property; the design of buildings, bridges, fences, and other structures built by the City; and any privately owned signs, skywalks, or other structures that extend over public property. City ordinances also provide that no existing work of art owned by the City can be moved or altered without Commission approval except under emergency conditions.
In addition to its legislated responsibility for approving all encroachments onto city property, the primary role of the Municipal Art Commission is to oversee the administration of the Kansas City One Percent for Art Program. Through the One Percent for Art Program, the mission of the Municipal Art Commission is to serve as a catalyst for artistic growth and aesthetic excellence in our communities, and in doing so, enhance the vitality of Kansas City and enrich the lives of its citizens.