News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 20, 2013
City seeks art for streetcar project
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Art Commission invites professional artists or artist-led teams to develop innovative, original art to be integrated into the City’s Downtown Streetcar Starter Project. The deadline for submittals is 4 p.m. Jan. 27, 2014 and the competition is open to all professional artists living in the United States.
The four-mile roundtrip streetcar route will become operational in late 2015, linking the River Market area near the Missouri River to the renowned Crown Center/Union Station area. The north-south route will run largely on Main Street and also will serve the Central Business District, the Crossroads Arts District and the Kansas City Power & Light District. There will be 16 stops, spaced roughly every two blocks.
While the commission will consider all proposals, the most likely ideas will focus on artwork integrated into the infrastructure on selected stops, where the art will serve as enhancements and possibly as identity markers related to neighborhoods along the way.
Artists will coordinate work with City staff, streetcar representatives and the design team. The estimated budget is $100,000, which will be divided among the selected stops.
Submissions should include:
A letter of interest (two pages or less)
A professional resume/CV (three pages or less)
An annotated image list of past works
A CD-ROM with up to 15 clearly-labeled images of related past work in JPEG format
Up to three pieces of printed materials such as articles, catalogues, etc.
Three references with current contact information
To view the full details for submissions, visit www.kcmo.org/art and click “KC Streetcar Public Art RFQ” or access the RFQ directly at http://www.kcmo.org/idc/groups/generalservice/documents/generalservices/streetcar_publicart_rfq.pdf .
To view details on the streetcar project, see http://www.kcstreetcar.org/home.htm.
For more information, or to request a PDF version of the RFQ by email, contact the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission at 816-513-2538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.