The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston. The Greenway has partnered with the Radian Boston (www.radianboston.com) to create a series of rotational sculptural and mixed-media installations in front of Essex Street Gate, the new entrance to Chinatown Park. With the aim of paying tribute to both past and present, each year a new artwork will be temporarily erected in this space. Artists will submit work centered on each year’s Chinese Zodiac animal. The installation’s goal is to unite the history, culture and traditions of Chinese New Year and the Chinatown community with that of ideas and portrayals by contemporary artists. Proposed works of art do not have to be directly connected to the concept of the Zodiac and may instead focus on the larger theme of “Monkeys.”
2016 will mark the beginning of the Chinese Zodiac year of the Monkey. In Zodiac mythology, the Monkey is tied to character traits of independence, enthusiasm, and an unscrupulous childlike personality. Additionally the year of the Monkey is connected to the element of metal which carries attributes of determination and intensity.
All professional artists or artists residing in the contiguous United States may apply. Artists will be asked to submit proposals for site-specific work to be temporarily installed and displayed in Chinatown Park. Work in any medium will be considered and must be durable and suitable for outdoors with the ability to withstand the elements of a New England climate as well as interaction with the general public . Proposals need not be related to any past larger thematic work but should be representative of the artists’ particular point of view and should be based around the theme of Monkeys.
Project budget for this installation is $18,000, and is inclusive of all costs of installation/de-installation, permits, site restoration, and transportation. The selected artist will receive a $4,000 stipend in addition to the $18,000 project budget. The Greenway will accept submissions starting November 9th and ending on December 14th. Work in any medium will be considered. Artists’ will be asked to develop a line itemized budget as part of proposal submission.
“THE LOCAL” is a request for artwork proposals from locally-based Massachusetts artists on behalf of The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The Greenway is seeking up to five artists to be selected to situate site-specific artworks for 6-12 months beginning in spring 2016 that will collectively, physically, and/or experientially unite the segmented parks and connect the communities along the park system. As part of our public art strategy, The Greenway is dedicated to collaborating with Boston, Greater Boston and the Commonwealth’s creative communities to present public art that enhances our city’s imaginative capacity, enlivens our neighborhoods, contributes to economic vitality, spark civic exchange, and enhances community connection.
Project budgets will range from $5,000 - $10,000, and are inclusive of all costs, including installation/de-installation, site restoration, transportation and artist fees. Artists will be asked to develop a line itemized budget as part of their proposal submission.
All professional artists residing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are eligible to apply. Artists are asked to submit proposals for site-specific work to be temporarily installed and displayed in one of five designated locations. Work in any medium will be considered and must be durable and suitable for outdoors with the ability to withstand the elements of a New England climate as well as interaction with the general public. Proposals need not be related to any larger thematic but should be representative of the artists’ particular point of view.
November 9, 2015 - Announcement of RFP
November 9, 2015 – December 11, 2015 - Submission of questions regarding RFP application
December 14, 2015 - Deadline for receipt of application materials
January 11 - 15, 2016 - Review of Proposals/Artist Interview
January 22, 2016 - Notification of Artists
May 2016 (TBD) - Installation of artwork
November 2016 or April 2017 - De-installation of artwork