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History and Culture Trail

Call for Public Art

The Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) is accepting proposals for unique public artworks to be located along the History and Culture Trail. In partnership with the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency, COCA presents this opportunity to share and celebrate the rich history and culture of the neighborhoods, businesses, and people living in the areas surrounding the Capital Cascades Trail and FAMU Way Extension projects. The proposed artworks should: highlight the history of the Tallahassee African-American community who has historically called the Project area home, as well as the significant history of FAMU and the local civil rights movement. Improve civic engagement, enhance civil discourse, and encourage thoughtful and meaningful dialogue among people regarding the story of the surrounding communities. Enhance the tolerance, diversity, and understanding of our communal history. Add cultural value by communicating Tallahassee’s unique identity, social value by engaging opportunities for interaction and self-reflection

Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit single proposal for any or all of the 5 identified artwork locations. Artists must have successfully completed at least one outdoor art project in a public space. Artwork must be original, and current (finished after October 1, 2017) if pre-fabricated. Proposals for both 2-D (murals) and 3-D (sculpture) artworks will be considered.

Entries must be made of permanent material, able to withstand Florida weather conditions, and not require substantial ongoing maintenance. The artwork must be able to withstand touching by the unsupervised public, and should have no sharp edges and remain cool to the touch in full sun. The final, installed artwork should not require either water or electricity.

The total budget available for this project is $150,000. This amount will be divided among selected artists and includes the design, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation of the selected pieces at the site, and all other associated expenses including but not limited to: additional site preparation or modification, project documentation, any travel expenses, artists’ fees, unexpected expenses and any other associated costs.

COCA and Blueprint staff will work with selected artists on agreements, detailed and finalized budgets and fabrications/installation timeline from April-June 2022 with anticipated artwork installation slated for fall of 2022.

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