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Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Lead Artist for Maimonides Mural/Public Art Project





Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Lead Artist for Maimonides Mural/Public Art Project

Maimonides Medical Center


Maimonides Medical Center presents a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a lead artist/s to work on a mural or public artwork to be displayed in a prominent location on the Maimonides campus in Brooklyn, New York. The artwork will serve as a tribute to over a century of individuals working together to serve our vibrant community and beyond.  

The selected artist/s will work collaboratively with the Public Artwork Steering Committee (PASC) and Focus Group comprised of staff and/ or community members  to develop the artwork concept and design. The goal for the artwork is to honor the past, present, and future of Maimonides’ service to our community, a recognition and celebration of those who have come before and those yet to serve.

Maimonides Medical Center will select one professional artist (or one team of artists) to work closely with the PASC to develop the artwork scope and concept. The scope of the artwork lends itself most closely to mural work, but it not limited to such, and Maimonides invites creative and unique perspectives for artwork that will fulfill the aforementioned goal. This RFQ solicits professional artists whose portfolio will show experience working in large-scale public artwork, with a particular focus on connections to the borough of Brooklyn, New York. Experience working collaboratively with communities or healthcare centers is preferred.

Context: Over a Century of Excellence in Medicine

In 1911, a group of concerned women opened a dispensary to serve the poor and needy residents of their Brooklyn neighborhood - thereby planting the seed that would grow into Maimonides Medical Center. Over the last century, Maimonides has developed into a vital part of the Brooklyn community, as well as a thriving world-class medical center. Our physicians pioneered significant advancements in the field of medicine and, as we move into our second century, Maimonides will continue to reach for new levels of excellence - all the while remaining committed to its mission of providing high-quality, compassionate health care to the diverse patient population in our Brooklyn community.

Maimonides Medical Center was named for Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon, a brilliant 12th-century philosopher who laid the foundation for the modern medical training of physicians. Rabbi Maimon, better known as Maimonides, was deeply committed to cultural tolerance and humane care, as well as high medical standards. It was he who said, "The physician should not treat the disease, but rather the patient who is suffering from it." At Maimonides Medical Center, we have practiced our namesake's philosophy with an unmatched passion for more than 100 years.

Maimonides was founded as the New Utrecht Dispensary. In 1919, several smaller dispensaries were consolidated and New Utrecht became Israel Hospital of Brooklyn. In 1920 it merged with Zion hospital and became United Israel Zion Hospital. New facilities were built to accommodate the growing number of patients (the building that is now our Administration building on Tenth Avenue). In 1947, United Israel Zion and Beth Moses hospitals were merged to create the medical center as it exists today, and the hospital was renamed in honor of Maimonides.


To this day we serve one of the most ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse communities in the world.



· RFQ Published: November 13, 2020

· RFQ Deadline: January 31, 2021

· Finalists Notified: February 12, 2021

· Finalists Interviewed: February 15 – 26, 2021

· Artist Selected: March 5, 2021

· Project Deadline: June 30, 2021


Project Budget:

The Project Budget is $15,000.00 for all artist fees including design services, community engagement, site preparation, fabrication, travel, and installation. Maimonides Medical Center will provide any necessary supplies, permits, insurance, and documentation. Maimonides Medical Center will execute a deliverables-based contract valued at $15,000.00 with the artist. Artists will be paid 25% upon contract signing, 25% upon PASC-accepted artwork design, and 50% upon completion. Maimonides Medical Center will cover all costs related to art supplies and additional materials for workshops and community events, equipment for the installation, special insurance, permits for mural/artwork sites and other relevant costs relating to the production of the mural/artwork.


Who May Apply:

Professional visual artists or artist teams working in any media, legally authorized to work in the United States, and who are at least 18 years of age, are eligible to apply. Artists with ties to the neighborhood and community of Maimonides Medical Center are encouraged to apply, as well as artists with experience in community engagement practices. Maimonides Medical Center is committed to the values of inclusion and advancing diversity in the field of arts and health. We highly encourage applicants that are traditionally underrepresented* to submit to this RFQ.

*Including, but not limited to: Immigrant, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Person of Color, Person with Disability, Socioeconomic Disadvantage)

The project period will occur from March 5, 2021 through June 30, 2021.  

How To Apply:

Submit your contact information, biography, CV, portfolio, and statement at:

Deadline for Submission of RFQ:

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 11:59pm ET

**Late applications may be disqualified from considerations.**

Finalist Interviews will be held during the dates of February 15 and February 26, 2021.

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INTIMATE MONUMENTS: call for participants




Call for participants: for a digital, textual, participatory map-making initiative


We arrive at MONUMENT from the Latin monēre, "to remind," its roots indicating the centrality of the mind in projects of memorialization. A collaborative project of memory and its sites, material and mental, INTIMATE MONUMENTS is seeking to weave the intimate into a landscape of commemoration. 

How can intimacy––ever individual––speak collectively?

Participants will be asked to submit textual responses to a series of questions. All responses will be recorded anonymously, so as to center the collective voice.


Deadline to submit: 11/30


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A Vanished Sea (Without a Trace)




Climate Art and Bridgepoint Rye, in collaboration with Sussex Wildlife Trust, are delighted to announce a call for applications from artists, creative practitioners, and environmental researchers to work on a site-responsive project during a three-month residency at Bridgepoint Creative Centre in Rye, East Sussex.Participants are invited to respond to the residency’s theme of transience, outlined below. Each applicant should clearly indicate how, during the three months of the programme, they will engage with the local community and connect with the ecological landscape of Rye.

The opportunity is open to 3 UK-based practitioners, with one space reserved for a Sussex-based participant. The residents will be provided with subsidised accommodation and studio space for the duration of the residency. Each participant will receive a monthly stipend of £500 and a production budget of £2,000. The residency will take place in January – March 2021. The deadline for applications is 8 November 2020 at 23:59. The programme – A Vanished Sea (Without a Trace) –   has been generously supported by Bridgepoint Rye and the Kowitz Family Foundation.


We are committed to ensuring the safety of all residents, especially during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. We shall therefore be keeping the programme dates and format under constant review, in line with the latest governmental guidance. At the same time, we believe that now, as never before, the need for the exchange of ideas and community-focused projects is of paramount importance.



The picturesque ruin of Camber Castle lies peacefully amid stretches of marshland over 1.5 km from the coast. It seems hard to believe that the splashing of the sea was once a constant sound here, rather than the bleating of sheep. Built on a shingle spit during Henry VIII’s rule, Camber Castle used to be an elaborate artillery fortification designed to defend the harbour and the towns of Rye and Winchelsea. Less than a hundred years after its completion, however, it was decommissioned – the receding sea left the castle inland, stranded and useless. 

During the residency, participants are invited to explore the broad themes of transience, ephemerality and perishability. From species extinction and habitat destruction to the impermanence of our familiar way of life, the discussion of these subjects has already become a part of our everyday conversations as we reflect on the changes forced upon us by the Covid-19 pandemic. Is a more nuanced understanding of transience a cause for resignation or an invitation to transform the relationship between human beings and other species? 

The programme – A Vanished Sea (Without a Trace) – will see 3 UK-based practitioners (with one place reserved for a Sussex-based participant) develop their site-responsive projects during a three-month residency at Bridgepoint Creative Centre located in Rye, East Sussex. Residents will also have access to Sussex Wildlife Trust’s sites located in Rye and an opportunity to work with the organisation’s staff and volunteers. Climate Art is a space for resident groups, artists and scientists to come together. Our practice stems from the understanding of public art as a form of meaningful engagement with diverse publics. That is why, at the application stage, all entrants are required to demonstrate a commitment to engagement with the local community, the ecological landscape of the town and its harbour.  

Applications are invited from practitioners working in any creative discipline (including, but not limited to, visual arts, architecture, design, performance art, film, dance, music, creative writing and others), as well as environmental-change researchers. Proposals may vary from detailed projects to preliminary ideas. Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate clearly how they intend to develop their creative or academic work in response to the residency’s theme. While hoping that the three residents will find it inspiring to work alongside each other, Climate Art does not require a collaborative project to be the outcome of the residency.

The residency will run from mid-January to mid-March 2021 (exact dates TBC). Residents will benefit from subsidised accommodation and individual studio space for the duration of the residency. Each artist will receive a monthly stipend of £500 and a production budget of £2,000.We want the participants to make the most of the residency opportunity. It is understood that they may need to continue with some work or study commitments during the programme. We are happy to consider flexible arrangements, hoping that the residents will be in Rye for much of the working week and will take part in open studios and other events as part of the programme.



Dzmitry Suslau, Founding Director & Curator, Climate Art

Jevgenija Ravcova, Managing Director, Climate Art

David Kowitz, Founder, Bridgepoint Rye

Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, Curator, Architecture Programme, The Royal Academy

Tim Redfern, Artist and Community Activist 



Climate Art is an interdisciplinary public art platform focused on climate change. Our site-responsive projects facilitate active cooperation between communities, artists, and scientists. 

At Climate Art, we encourage long-term, sustainable transformation through participatory public art that motivates us all to make positive adjustments to our daily lives. Our practice stems from the understanding of public art as a form of meaningful engagement with diverse groups of people rather than art located out-of-doors. Climate Art is a space for resident groups, creative practitioners and environmentalists to come together. 



Bridgepoint is a new arts complex located in Rye. It is set in the context of a regeneration project, being undertaken by Martello Developments, which aims to convert a disused industrial part of the historic town into a vibrant campus, including an arts complex as well as housing and commercial activity. It is intended that the 20,000-square-foot Bridgepoint arts building will encompass artists’ studios, a large performance and rehearsal space, a commercial gallery, as well as other internal and external exhibition spaces.

The primary mission of the project is to provide a well-equipped and safe space for artists in an array of disciplines to contemplate and create, hopefully drawing inspiration from the area’s exceptional history and natural beauty.



Sussex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity for everyone who cares about nature in Sussex. We focus on protecting the wonderfully rich natural life that is found across our towns, countryside and coast.

By working alongside local people, we create opportunities for us all to connect with nature, and for nature to thrive in even the most unlikely places. Together we can make sure that future generations living in Sussex will be able to enjoy the sense of wonder and well-being that nature offers. Sussex Wildlife Trust manages 465-hectare Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, which includes Camber Castle and Castle Water. 

Prize summary: 
£500 monthly stipend; £2,000 production budget; contribution towards travel costs

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The Artists' Sanctum Public Art Grant




The Artists’ Sanctum Public Art Grant 2020 - 2020

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020


The Artists’ Sanctum is a community-based arts non-profit that exhibits and funds underrepresented artists. Our core mission is to support artists, filmmakers, designers, and creatives whose work addresses contemporary issues and fosters social change. 

The grant program funds timely public artworks that catalyze socio-political discourse on micro and macro scales. The Artists’ Sanctum takes an integrated approach to supporting artists, and develops close working relationships with our grant recipients. Alongside funding, the award includes holistic support from The Artists’ Sanctum team, as well as access to our community of civically-engaged global citizens. 


  • A Financial award of $2,000
  • Logistical and developmental assistance
  • Feedback from The Artists’ Sanctum Board of Directors
  • A platform for sharing artwork  with a community of artists and creatives
  • Publication of work produced with the help of the grant on The Artists’ Sanctum website


In order to realize the furthest extent of the artist’s vision, The Artists’ Sanctum is available to assist with dissemination of the work, PR, material sourcing, permitting, shipping, storage or other logistical needs.

The awarded artist will present their work to the Sanctum community at a live salon upon completion of the grant project. The project will also be published on the Artists’ Sanctum website.


The Artists’ Sanctum Public Art Grant is open to artists of all ages living and working in the continental United States. We welcome participants of any gender or race, regardless of legal/residential status, who are committed to making socially engaged artworks.

Creatives working in all mediums are invited to submit a proposal for a public artwork(s) that addresses a timely socio-political issue. We ask that applicants engage deeply with their chosen subject, and seek to make a work that will have a lasting impact. Submissions must demonstrate how the work will engage members of their community, and the ideas and actions the artist hopes it will foment.

We Accept Grants Applications From:

  • Individual artists
  • Artist collectives (Under 5 members, Non 501 (c)(3))


Grants will not be awarded to applicants seeking funding for:

  • Multi-year projects
  • Retroactively funded projects
  • Non-profit organizations, foundations, or endowments
  • Scholarships



Grantees are selected via Sortition* - aka lottery - in a two-step process. First The Artists’ Sanctum board will remove applications that are incomplete or do not meet the grant criteria. Then an artist will be selected by a lottery monitored by a third party. 

Our board will review submissions and sort for applicants who express their issue of choice in a clear and concise manner, including how they imagine the public to interact with their artwork. All applications that fulfill the submission requirements will be eligible for the lottery pool. 

The Artists’ Sanctum Public Art Grant invests in the idea that a person or project’s potential cannot be predetermined. Our role is to facilitate timely public artworks and conversations, not be their gatekeepers. 


Submission Requirements: 

  • Letter of intent (1000 words max)
  • Description of your project and how it addresses a timely issue 
  • How you envision your work impacting a chosen issue/community
  • Project production timeline 
  • Description of material and equipment needs, as well as any assistance you would like from The Artists’ Sanctum team
  • Sustainability, maintenance, and imagined durability of your work 
  • Portfolio (10 maximum)
  • Work samples of previous projects, current experiments, and future plans (at least 3 images depicting your proposed project). Not to exceed 20 MB in total.
  • One page resume & Contact Information

Email Subject: AS Public Art Grant Application

Application materials should be named with applicants' first and last names.

Example: (first_last.pdf).


Grant Cycle:

Application Opens: September 8, 2020

Final Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020

Notification of Award: November 2, 2020 

Production Period: November 2020 - March 2021 


Unveiling Date: March 1, 2020

Prize summary: 
$2000 and institutional support
Prizes Details: 

A Financial award of $2,000

Logistical and developmental assistance

Feedback from The Artists’ Sanctum Board of Directors

A platform for sharing artwork  with a community of artists and creatives

Publication of work produced with the help of the grant on The Artists’ Sanctum website


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Light Valley Junction Public Art Project





“Light Valley Junction” Public Art Statement

Historic Valley Junction is the gathering place that is the heart and soul of West Des Moines – a delightful mix of old and new, bridging generations with unique shops, vibrant events and a walkable hometown feel. Historic Valley Junction is West Des Moines’ original main street.

The Light Valley Junction Public Art Work Group wants to celebrate the past, present and future of this unique place through a public work of art. The Work Group wants every person who experiences this specific commissioned artwork to feel a sense of excitement and a connection to the community. The Work Group wants residents and visitors to be enticed to engage with the artwork and feel alive in its presence.

The project will include a permanent commissioned work of art to be sited on public property in a public walkway located on the west side of the 200 block of 5th Street. The work of art may be a single piece or made up of multiple pieces and must include the use of light in its design. The total budget for the project is $50,000. This not-to-exceed total must cover all artist fees, design and engineering including structural and electrical, fabrication, installation, lighting (excluding electrical service), site visits, and other related expenses.


Selection of a finalist or finalists will be based on the following:

Quality of letter of interest

Quality of work samples

Background and prior work experience including community engagement

Demonstration of project understanding and ability to meet project schedule

Consideration of project criteria in conceptual design proposal

The artist’s concept, final proposal, and ultimately the final artwork will need to meet certain criteria. Artwork should:

Fulfill the “Light Valley Junction” Public Art Statement (see above)

Incorporate lighting as an integral part of the artwork

Be colorful and eye-catching; high-impact and engaging

Be low maintenance, durable, and resistant to vandalism; able to withstand extreme weather conditions

Be aesthetically and photographically pleasing; draw people in

Be appealing both day and night and during all seasons

Be able to be installed entirely on City-owned public property

Include a high level of community engagement that is incorporated into the development of a final proposal by the selected artist

May be one or multiple pieces of art


Artist or artist team:

Must have completed 2 commissioned outdoor public works of art of $25,000 or more. Experience with incorporating lighting elements in public art preferred.

Must show an understanding of the community of West Des Moines and the Historic Valley Junction district; special consideration will be given to those artists who show familiarity with the district in their proposal (no travel costs will be covered for any pre-selection site visits).

Must be a regional artist who currently resides in one of the following states: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota; special consideration will be given to artists with an Iowa connection.

Must be able to participate in a virtual interview, if needed.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are encouraged to apply.


In digital format only.

Provide the following in a single PDF document (work sample JPEG’s can be sent in separate files):

Contact information for artist / artist team members

One-page letter describing interest in project and approach to design; please include statements addressing eligibility criteria, community engagement, and project criteria

One-page biographical information or resume for lead artist(s) (include one paragraph for each team member if artist-led team)

Three references (contact information only) for recently completed projects of similar scope

Work samples: include 3-5 work samples showing projects completed within the last 5 years with up to 3 digital images of each project. Save all standard JPEG images and label each with applicant’s full name and number in sequence with list of work samples

One-page document listing all work samples. Please provide a brief description and budget for each

No more than 3 pages showing artist’s initial concept for the Light Valley Junction Public Art Project that may include sketches, images, and text


Entry Fee:

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Open Call, Expressions of Interest, National Time and Tide Bell project





Time and Tide Bells are part of a unique, UK wide project initiated and created by artist and musician Marcus Vergette.  Its purpose is to celebrate and reinforce connections in local communities, between different parts of the country, between the land and sea, between ourselves and our environment.

In sites all around the coast of the UK the specially created bronze bells ring due to the impact of the waves at or around high tide.  The first bell was installed 10 years ago and in 2018 we received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to expand the reach of the programme.  Currently 7 bells are installed and 7 sites are under development.

The bells are or will be all in locations where individuals and communities have developed an appreciation of the power of the bells as public artworks, as a warning about the effect of climate change and as a comment on sea level rise. They are a growing contribution to each location’s identity –  past, present and future – and serve as a focus  and catalyst for dialogue, shared experience and community action.

We are inviting Expressions of Interest from artists or arts organisations in a broad range of disciplines interested in working with us. The aim is to create a project that will link the very varied bell communities to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, and which will explore a core theme – changing sea levels.


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
No fee for EoI, £500 for short-listed artists to expand on their ideas
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