Artist Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Applications Available
The Cultural Affairs Division of the Planning & Community Development Department is pleased to announce that the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) applications for the Robinson Park Recreation Center Capital Public Art Project is now available online. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, April 7, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. MST (online). A virtual Community Meeting & Artist Workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. to review the scope of the RFQ and answer from questions from potential applicants and members of the public.
The Cultural Affairs Division seeks statements of qualification from California-based artists/teams to create permanent public art at the Robinson Park Recreation Center. While applicants working in any medium may apply, the selected artist/team must be culturally sensitive and eager to engage with community members while developing their artwork concepts. The artist/team will be selected based on the quality of their past work, their approach to community engagement, and their ability to create art that reflects the local history of Northwest Pasadena and its present-day aspirations.
The public art project for the Robinson Park Recreation Center is intended to enrich community life, engage a wide spectrum of Northwest Pasadena’s residents, and enhance the visual character of the neighborhood.
The City’s Capital Improvement Public Art Program mandates that one percent of an eligible City CIP project budget be allocated for development of a site-specific public art artwork. The Program stipulates the engagement of Stakeholders to develop a vision statement that outlines the values and goals for the project. The Robinson Park Recreation Center Stakeholder Group has also outlined the role and expectations of the artist to engage with the community. A Selection Panel will review all applications according to the established evaluation criteria to make a recommendation for a selected artist/team.
Following recommendation from the Arts Commission, the Cultural Affairs Division will contract with the artist/team and outline project milestones as part of the Development Phase of the project. The artist/team will then engage with the community through research, dialogue and a series of workshops and/or events. As a result of the community engagement process the contracted artist/team will present a Proposed Artwork Concept to the Arts & Culture Commission for review and recommendation.
The Public Art project at the Robinson Park Recreation Center is a great opportunity for the public to work with a culturally sensitive and professional artist/team to develop an artwork reflects the history and aspirations of the Northwest Pasadena community.
For more information about the City’s Public Art Program, visit: www.cityofpasadena.net/arts or contact Rochelle Branch, Cultural Affairs Division Manager, Planning & Community Development Department: (626) 744-7062.