Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the local nonprofit arts and culture agency that enhances the city’s quality of life through advancing and investing in the arts and diverse cultural programming. The work of HAA encourages Houston’s development and shapes its global reputation by fostering tourism and supporting and promoting the city’s creative economy.

HAA distributes grants to approximately 220 nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists each year. In addition, HAA manages the City of Houston Art Collection of over 500 artworks, as well as commissions, new acquisitions and conservation.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Bayou Trails- Creative Placemaking Project

Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Project Budget: $45,000-$50,000

Project Location: Hermann Park

1. Project Summary

After a series of convenings from mid-Winter 2016 to late Spring 2017, the residents, neighbors and other interested individuals connected to Hermann Park developed a project concept to be realized at the park through Bayou Trails. Bayou Trails is a citizen-driven creative placemaking project conceived by the Houston Arts Alliance and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program, the Brown Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. To learn more about the evolving field and practice of creative placemaking, visit http://www.artscapediy.org/Creative-Placemaking/What-is-Creative-Placemaking.aspx.

This is a request for proposals from Houston-based artists, arts professionals and/or organizations in response to the project concept outlined by participants through the convening process.

Project Concept

Convening participants were especially drawn to the idea of a project that would utilize the performing arts, broadly construed, to engage audiences. The project should occur throughout the park campus (rather than one specific location) and should have an eye toward enriching visitor experience of the park through performance. More specifically, the project should strive to illuminate the mental/physical/spiritual qualities of Hermann Park that rejuvenate its users.  Hermann is a park that is known to and utilized by many people—from area residents, for whom it is a convenient destination for exercise and recreation, to those who travel across the region to visit the Zoo, attend performances at Miller Theatre or golf on its course. Hermann Park is a special place in its own right. Its centrality and its wide usage marks it as the heart of the city and the city’s park system.

With this general concept in mind, submitted proposals should explore innovative ways to employ multiple disciplines and various media—from performances to concerts to interventions to parades and processions—to activate people’s enjoyment and appreciation of the park. The project should touch many parts of the park (as is feasible within the project scope and budget) and might involve a series of events that transpire over the course of a day or multiple days.

Respondents to this RFP should be very specific about how they would accomplish the requests in the project concept provided above and about how they would use the budget to do so.

2. Budget

The project has an anticipated total budget of an amount between $45,000 and $50,000. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, artists fees, design, project administration, fabrication, materials, installation, etc.

3. Scope of Work

The artworks shall be safe and consist of imagery and/or other media that is appropriate for observation and/or interaction by the public. The project may not be a capital improvement project (permanent improvements) and must adhere to any historic preservation guidelines identified by the State of Texas.

4. Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic quality: Proposal media demonstrate that the final work will be of highest artistic caliber.
  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal media and final work successfully address the overarching goals of the project, which include broad usage of the performing arts to activate people’s enjoyment and experience of the park and extensive utilization of the park space. The applicant’s proposal takes into consideration the local community’s planning efforts. The applicant clearly demonstrates in his/her written proposal how his/her work is aligned with the stated goals of the community. 
  • Project management ability: The applicant demonstrates the necessary capability to accomplish the project and to create and deliver the work on schedule and that the project is feasible given the scope of both the budget and the timeline.

5. Eligibility

  • Artists, arts professionals and/or organizations living within Houston’s city limits are eligible; those who live in or near the community or neighborhoods surrounding the park are strongly encouraged to apply. Submissions from applicants living outside of the City of Houston will not be considered. To confirm your Council District location, please use the City of Houston’s Map My City tool: http://mycity.houstontx.gov/houstonmapviewer/ (additional proof of residency will be required – see section 6).
  • Though there are three RFPs associated with the Bayou Trails project (one for each participating park), applicants may submit a proposal in response to only one of the three.
  • Staff, board, advisory board, committee, and immediate family members of HAA are ineligible.
  • Applicants not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. Proposal Requirements

  • Resume or CV, 3 pages maximum. In the case of organizations that are submitting proposals, the resume or CV should be that of the individual heading the project and should include a short paragraph describing the basic history and mission of the applying organization.
  • Proof of Address, to include a scanned image of one of the following for individual applicants:
    • valid driver’s license
    • posted mail with name of applicant
    • utility bill
    • voter registration card
Organizations submitting proposals should provide their physical address
  • Letter of Intent, to include 1) contact information; 2) personal connection (if any) to the park community; 3) an explanation of how the artist would engage the community; and 4) a detailed description of the proposed project and how the artist and/or organization intends to meet the above criteria, especially as outlined in sections 1 and 4 (Project Concept and Evaluation Criteria, respectively). If the applicant will not be the sole entity actually creating the art included in the project, he/she should provide a thorough explanation of the artists and/or performers with whom he/she plans to work. 3 pages maximum. 
  • Proposal Media, to include up to ten pieces of media illustrating the proposed project. These can include sketches, painted renderings, digital media (e.g. images, videos, audio recordings), annotated maps, etc. It is recommended that an applicant submitting a video or audio file provide a time code for the portion that is most representative of his/her work and/or is most relevant to this RFP.
  • Proposal Media List, to include artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.
  • Proposed Budget, to include a detailed breakdown of project costs (e.g. printing, equipment rental, materials, etc.) and artist fees. 2 pages maximum.
  • Proposed Schedule, to include a timeline of the creation and implementation of the project. 2 pages maximum.

All documents should be in (at least) 12-point font, single-spaced, with a minimum ½” margin.

7. Submission

To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

Applicants who have questions regarding the RFP process or project goals/expectations are strongly encouraged to contact HAA Civic Engagement staff through https://ourbayoutrails.com/contact/ using the subject line “Bayou Trails RFP- Hermann 2017” by no later than 5 p.m. (CST) on July 31, 2017.

8. Timeline

  • Monday, July 31, 2017, 5 p.m. (CST): Deadline for contacting HAA’s Civic Engagement staff with questions.
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST): RFP deadline
  • Friday, August 25, 2017: Notification of finalists
  • August 28-September 4, 2017: Community review period*
  • Friday, September 8, 2017: Final decision notification
  • September 30, 2017 – May 30, 2018: Implementation and completion of project

*After finalists have been selected, there will be a one-week period during which members of the participating community will have the opportunity to review the finalists’ applications and comment on them. Because this project concept is the result of community-driven discussion and vision, it is important that the community’s suggestions are noted and incorporated into the decision-making process as well as the final project.  While these will be taken into account, HAA and the participating community will strive to respect applicants’ artistic integrity to the greatest extent possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

9. Sources for Additional Information

Thank you! The Houston Arts Alliance and the participating community appreciate the time and effort that you give this proposal.





REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Bayou Trails- Creative Placemaking Project

Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Project Budget: $45,000-$50,000

Project Location: MacGregor Park

1. Project Summary

After a series of convenings from mid-Winter 2016 to late Spring 2017, the residents, neighbors and other interested individuals connected to MacGregor Park in southeast Houston developed a project concept to be realized at the park through Bayou Trails. Bayou Trails is a citizen-driven creative placemaking project conceived by the Houston Arts Alliance and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program, the Brown Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. To learn more about the evolving field and practice of creative placemaking, visit http://www.artscapediy.org/Creative-Placemaking/What-is-Creative-Placemaking.aspx.

This is a request for proposals from Houston-based artists, arts professionals and/or organizations in response to the project concept outlined by participants through the convening process.

Project Concept

Convening participants were especially drawn to the idea of a project that explores the history of MacGregor Park and its surrounding neighborhoods. The project should highlight community heroes and key influencers from the neighborhood and should showcase the importance of play, games, recreation and sports to the park’s legacy. Preferred sites for the project include the side of the park adjacent to the bayou and/or the space around the MLK statue, though additional areas of the park campus can be utilized. As a park that is known and claimed as African-American identified in its current user and resident demographics, MacGregor has a rich cultural history, a rapidly changing present and a future that is sure to forge a complex and diverse story.

With this general concept in mind, submitted proposals should employ multiple disciplines and various media—from performances to concerts to interventions to parades to visual arts and beyond—and should engage community members in an interactive and immersive process of creation and/or implementation of the project. Ideally, the project should transpire over the course of a day or, even better, a more extended period of time.  

Respondents to this RFP should be very specific about how they would accomplish the requests in the project concept provided above and about how they would use the budget to do so.

2. Budget

The project has an anticipated total budget of an amount between $45,000 and $50,000. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, artists fees, design, project administration, fabrication, materials, installation, etc.

3. Scope of Work

The artworks shall be safe and consist of imagery and/or other media that is appropriate for observation and/or interaction by the public. The project may not be a capital improvement project (permanent improvements) and must adhere to any historic preservation guidelines identified by the State of Texas.

4. Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic quality: Proposal media demonstrate that the final work will be of highest artistic caliber.
  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal media and final work successfully address the overarching goals of the project, which include broad usage of the performing arts to activate people’s enjoyment and experience of the park and extensive utilization of the park space. The applicant’s proposal takes into consideration the local community’s planning efforts. The applicant clearly demonstrates in his/her written proposal how his/her work is aligned with the stated goals of the community. 
  • Project management ability: The applicant demonstrates the necessary capability to accomplish the project and to create and deliver the work on schedule and that the project is feasible given the scope of both the budget and the timeline.

5. Eligibility

  • Artists, arts professionals and/or organizations living within Houston’s city limits are eligible; those who live in or near the community or neighborhoods surrounding the park are strongly encouraged to apply. Submissions from applicants living outside of the City of Houston will not be considered. To confirm your Council District location, please use the City of Houston’s Map My City tool: http://mycity.houstontx.gov/houstonmapviewer/ (additional proof of residency will be required – see section 6).
  • Though there are three RFPs associated with the Bayou Trails project (one for each participating park), applicants may submit a proposal in response to only one of the three.
  • Staff, board, advisory board, committee, and immediate family members of HAA are ineligible.
  • Applicants not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. Proposal Requirements

  • Resume or CV, 3 pages maximum. In the case of organizations that are submitting proposals, the resume or CV should be that of the individual heading the project and should include a short paragraph describing the basic history and mission of the applying organization.
  • Proof of Address, to include a scanned image of one of the following for individual applicants:
    • valid driver’s license
    • posted mail with name of applicant
    • utility bill
    • voter registration card
Organizations submitting proposals should provide their physical address
  • Letter of Intent, to include 1) contact information; 2) personal connection (if any) to the park community; 3) an explanation of how the artist would engage the community; and 4) a detailed description of the proposed project and how the artist and/or organization intends to meet the above criteria, especially as outlined in sections 1 and 4 (Project Concept and Evaluation Criteria, respectively). If the applicant will not be the sole entity actually creating the art included in the project, he/she should provide a thorough explanation of the artists and/or performers with whom he/she plans to work. 3 pages maximum. 
  • Proposal Media, to include up to ten pieces of media illustrating the proposed project. These can include sketches, painted renderings, digital media (e.g. images, videos, audio recordings), annotated maps, etc. It is recommended that an applicant submitting a video or audio file provide a time code for the portion that is most representative of his/her work and/or is most relevant to this RFP.
  • Proposal Media List, to include artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.
  • Proposed Budget, to include a detailed breakdown of project costs (e.g. printing, equipment rental, materials, etc.) and artist fees. 2 pages maximum.
  • Proposed Schedule, to include a timeline of the creation and implementation of the project. 2 pages maximum.

All documents should be in (at least) 12-point font, single-spaced, with a minimum ½” margin.

7. Submission

To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

Applicants who have questions regarding the RFP process or project goals/expectations are strongly encouraged to contact HAA Civic Engagement staff through https://ourbayoutrails.com/contact/ using the subject line “Bayou Trails RFP- MacGregor 2017” by no later than 5 p.m. (CST) on July 31, 2017.

8. Timeline

  • Monday, July 31, 2017, 5 p.m. (CST): Deadline for contacting HAA’s Civic Engagement staff with questions.
  • Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST): RFP deadline
  • Friday, August 25, 2017: Notification of finalists
  • August 28-September 4, 2017: Community review period*
  • Friday, September 8, 2017: Final decision notification
  • September 30, 2017 – May 30, 2018: Implementation and completion of project

*After finalists have been selected, there will be a one-week period during which members of the participating community will have the opportunity to review the finalists’ applications and comment on them. Because this project concept is the result of community-driven discussion and vision, it is important that the community’s suggestions are noted and incorporated into the decision-making process as well as the final project.  While these will be taken into account, HAA and the participating community will strive to respect applicants’ artistic integrity to the greatest extent possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

9. Sources for Additional Information

      Thank you! The Houston Arts Alliance and the participating community appreciate the time and effort that you give this proposal.







      REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

      Bayou Trails- Creative Placemaking Project

      Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

      Project Budget: $45,000-$50,000

      Project Location: Mason Park

      1. Project Summary

      After a series of convenings from mid-Winter 2016 to late Spring 2017, the residents, neighbors and other interested individuals connected to Mason Park in southeast Houston developed a project concept to be realized at the park through Bayou Trails. Bayou Trails is a citizen-driven creative placemaking project conceived by the Houston Arts Alliance and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Program, the Brown Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. To learn more about the evolving field and practice of creative placemaking, visit http://www.artscapediy.org/Creative-Placemaking/What-is-Creative-Placemaking.aspx.

      This is a request for proposals from Houston-based artists, arts professionals and/or organizations in response to the project concept outlined by participants through the convening process.

      Project Concept

      Convening participants were especially drawn to the idea of a project that would embrace the “eco-zones” that Mason Park represents. The park is a natural and native sanctuary with a bayou running through it; however, it is also surrounded in many ways by intrusive urban factors drawn there by the port, other transportation hubs, and goods warehousing and manufacturing. In light of this, the project should focus on Mason Park’s embodiment of this juxtaposition of and interaction between the natural and industrial worlds. More specifically, the project should highlight the bayou itself and occur in close proximity to this natural feature, though other areas of the park campus can be utilized as well. Additionally, if possible, the project should draw attention to the neighborhood’s Latino heritage and changing character.

      With this general concept in mind, submitted proposals should employ multiple disciplines and various media—from performances to concerts to interventions to parades to visual arts and beyond—and should engage community members in an interactive and immersive process of creation and/or implementation of the project. The community has expressed interest in seeing proposals that use some sort of “anchor” project around or through which smaller, related activities or events can be generated. Ideally, the project should transpire over the course of a day or, even better, a more extended period of time. 

      Respondents to this RFP should be very specific about how they would accomplish the requests in the project concept provided above and about how they would use the budget to do so.

      2. Budget

      The project has an anticipated total budget of an amount between $45,000 and $50,000. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, artists fees, design, project administration, fabrication, materials, installation, etc.

      3. Scope of Work

      The artworks shall be safe and consist of imagery and/or other media that is appropriate for observation and/or interaction by the public. The project may not be a capital improvement project (permanent improvements) and must adhere to any historic preservation guidelines identified by the State of Texas.

      4. Evaluation Criteria

      • Artistic quality: Proposal media demonstrate that the final work will be of highest artistic caliber.
      • Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal media and final work successfully address the overarching goals of the project, which include broad usage of the performing arts to activate people’s enjoyment and experience of the park and extensive utilization of the park space. The applicant’s proposal takes into consideration the local community’s planning efforts. The applicant clearly demonstrates in his/her written proposal how his/her work is aligned with the stated goals of the community. 
      • Project management ability: The applicant demonstrates the necessary capability to accomplish the project and to create and deliver the work on schedule and that the project is feasible given the scope of both the budget and the timeline.

      5. Eligibility

      • Artists, arts professionals and/or organizations living within Houston’s city limits are eligible; those who live in or near the community or neighborhoods surrounding the park are strongly encouraged to apply. Submissions from applicants living outside of the City of Houston will not be considered. To confirm your Council District location, please use the City of Houston’s Map My City tool: http://mycity.houstontx.gov/houstonmapviewer/ (additional proof of residency will be required – see section 6).
      • Though there are three RFPs associated with the Bayou Trails project (one for each participating park), applicants may submit a proposal in response to only one of the three.
      • Staff, board, advisory board, committee, and immediate family members of HAA are ineligible.
      • Applicants not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

      6. Proposal Requirements

      • Resume or CV, 3 pages maximum. In the case of organizations that are submitting proposals, the resume or CV should be that of the individual heading the project and should include a short paragraph describing the basic history and mission of the applying organization.
      • Proof of Address, to include a scanned image of one of the following for individual applicants:
        • valid driver’s license
        • posted mail with name of applicant
        • utility bill
        • voter registration card
      Organizations submitting proposals should provide their physical address
      • Letter of Intent, to include 1) contact information; 2) personal connection (if any) to the park community; 3) an explanation of how the artist would engage the community; and 4) a detailed description of the proposed project and how the artist and/or organization intends to meet the above criteria, especially as outlined in sections 1 and 4 (Project Concept and Evaluation Criteria, respectively). If the applicant will not be the sole entity actually creating the art included in the project, he/she should provide a thorough explanation of the artists and/or performers with whom he/she plans to work. 3 pages maximum. 
      • Proposal Media, to include up to ten pieces of media illustrating the proposed project. These can include sketches, painted renderings, digital media (e.g. images, videos, audio recordings), annotated maps, etc. It is recommended that an applicant submitting a video or audio file provide a time code for the portion that is most representative of his/her work and/or is most relevant to this RFP.
      • Proposal Media List, to include artist name(s), title, date completed (as applicable), dimensions, and material/medium.
      • Proposed Budget, to include a detailed breakdown of project costs (e.g. printing, equipment rental, materials, etc.) and artist fees. 2 pages maximum.
      • Proposed Schedule, to include a timeline of the creation and implementation of the project. 2 pages maximum.

      All documents should be in (at least) 12-point font, single-spaced, with a minimum ½” margin.

      7. Submission

      To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

      Applicants who have questions regarding the RFP process or project goals/expectations are strongly encouraged to contact HAA Civic Engagement staff through https://ourbayoutrails.com/contact/ using the subject line “Bayou Trails RFP- Mason 2017” by no later than 5 p.m. (CST) on July 31, 2017.

      8. Timeline

      • Monday, July 31, 2017, 5 p.m. (CST): Deadline for contacting HAA’s Civic Engagement staff with questions.
      • Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST): RFP deadline
      • Friday, August 25, 2017: Notification of finalists
      • August 28-September 4, 2017: Community review period*
      • Friday, September 8, 2017: Final decision notification
      • September 30, 2017 – May 30, 2018: Implementation and completion of project

      *After finalists have been selected, there will be a one-week period during which members of the participating community will have the opportunity to review the finalists’ applications and comment on them. Because this project concept is the result of community-driven discussion and vision, it is important that the community’s suggestions are noted and incorporated into the decision-making process as well as the final project.  While these will be taken into account, HAA and the participating community will strive to respect applicants’ artistic integrity to the greatest extent possible.

      PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

      9. Sources for Additional Information

          Thank you! The Houston Arts Alliance and the participating community appreciate the time and effort that you give this proposal.







          REQUEST FOR ACQUISITIONS

          City of Houston Civic Art Program

          Photography, Painting, or other Two-Dimensional Work


          Deadline: July 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

          Budget: Up to $50,000

          Location: Houston, TX

          Eligibility: Artists in the Greater Houston area


          1. Introduction

          In 1999, the City of Houston established an ordinance mandating that 1.75% of qualified Capital Improvement Project dollars be set aside for civic art. The City of Houston Civic Art Program advances the City’s standing as a national leader in public art by encouraging artists to create public works that improve the quality of life in Houston. The City's public art collection is comprised of more than 650 works in all media that have been commissioned, purchased and donated. The program is managed by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.


          2. Summary

          Through a contract with the City of Houston (COH), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is charged with managing the selection process for the acquisition of one or a series of photographs, paintings, or another kind of two-dimensional artworks, on behalf of the Houston Police Department (HPD) for the Southwest Police Station. HAA is also charged with contracting the selected artist, artist team, or gallery for completion and installation of the project.

          Artwork transforms public spaces with allure and intrigue. Incorporating artwork into the new Houston Police Department station in Southwest Houston can strengthen ties with the community, just as Houston Police Officers forge bonds with the community at every opportunity they have. Because the selected area for artwork is a community meeting room inside the police station, the artwork should be relevant and welcoming for a community gathering space.

          The selected exterior artist, Koryn Rolstad, will install work that visually and physically draws people onto the police station grounds. Once led to the site, visitors will also benefit from the installation of another captivating artwork in the station’s interior community room.

          Goals for the project include the following: 

          • To make artwork accessible to the public in a neighborhood HPD facility and to provide an opportunity to a Houston or Houston area artist.
          • To commission artwork that is reflective of the local community and is a distinctive feature of the HPD community gathering space.
          • To acquire artwork that is regarded as an excellent addition to the City of Houston Art Collection.


          3. Budget

          This project has an anticipated total budget of up to $50,000. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to: artist fees; design (if applicable); framing; insurance costs; studio and project administration; travel and shipping fabrication materials; installation; and required documentation.


          4. Art Opportunities / Draft Scope of Work  

          1. An interior two-dimensional wall artwork of photography or painting or other material, securely framed using durable materials and UV rated museum Plexiglas.

          2. The work shall be made of durable materials with an anticipated life span of 50 years and should not fade if exposed to direct sun.

          3. The intent is to purchase existing work; however, commissioned work that could be fabricated and framed within the project timeline will also be considered.

          4. The proposed wall is in the interior of the community room of Southwest Police Station. The dimensions of the wall are approximately 11’ high x 44’ wide with a partition divider in the center. Artwork may be installed on both sides of the center divider.

          5. There is also a possibility to install film-type artwork on the building’s 12 front facing windows, measuring approximately 51’ wide x 12’ high.

          6. Architectural drawings and images of the space are available below.

           

          5. Evaluation Criteria

          • Artistic and Creative Ability: Includes skills, talent, and imagination of artists or artist-led teams as demonstrated by examples of submitted work. 

          • Responsiveness: Proposal and the proposed work successfully addresses the overall goals of the project, particularly the creation of an inviting space for visitors. Artist(s) demonstrates that they will respect the local community’s planning efforts as well as the history and characteristics of the neighborhood. Please note that artworks do not need to reference HPD or its functions.

          • Demonstrated Technical Abilities: Applicants demonstrate that the artist(s) or artist-led team has the necessary capability to accomplish all artistic, technical, budgetary, and engineering aspects of the project, as well as successfully meld the project with the space and architecture.

          • Project Management Ability: Applicants demonstrate that they have the ability and capacity to complete the project on schedule and within budget. Applicants demonstrate their ability to successfully collaborate with architects and contractors as well as possess sufficient relationships with potential vendors and manufacturers.


          6. Eligibility

          • Artists in the Greater Houston area are eligible to apply. Houston-based artists and artist teams, and particularly artists living in the area of the Southwest Police Station, are strongly encouraged to apply.

          • Staff members, board members, advisory board members, City Council members and/or family members of either Houston Arts Alliance or the City of Houston are ineligible to apply.

          • Artists or other entities that are currently under contract—or in contract negotiations—with Houston Arts Alliance for projects of over $100,000 are ineligible to apply.

          • Subcontractors may be used and are defined as those entities providing technical implementation including, but not limited to: construction; fabrication; and/or assembly for portions of a finished product, under direct supervision and control of an artist.

          • Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.


          7. Application Requirements

          1. Resume or company information of artist(s) and team members (3 page maximum, each)

          2. Letter of intent including contact information and a description of how the artist or team meets the criteria listed in this Request for Acquisitions (RFA). Please include details on your preferred medium for the project, and if you have a particular connection to this community (1,000 word maximum)

          3. Biography and artist statement (500 word maximum, each)  

          4. Work examples: Digital images of works that demonstrate the above criteria (Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size, 20 maximum)

          5. Image list for work examples: Including artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, and budget or price (as applicable) for each image provided

          6. References: Contact information for three professional references (1 page, maximum)

          All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, ½” margin, and single-spaced. Submissions not providing all application requirements may be disqualified from consideration.


          8. Submission

          To apply, please complete and submit the application below.


          9. Timeline – All dates are subject to change without notice

          • Friday, June 23, 2017: RFA released

          • Tuesday, July 25, 2017: RFA deadline

          • By Friday, August 04, 2017: RFA selection panel

          • By Monday, August 14, 2017: Studio visits if deemed necessary

          • By Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Selected artist presented for a vote to the HAA Civic Art Committee

          • By Monday, September 04, 2017: Selected artist(s) presented for a vote to the HAA Board of Directors Executive Committee

          • By Wednesday, September 06, 2017: Selected artist presented to HPD and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for approval

          • By Friday, September 15, 2017: Finalist notified in writing by HAA

          • By Monday, September 25, 2017: Contracting complete

          • October 2017 – November 2017: Project development, fabrication (if necessary), framing (if necessary), and installation


          10. Contact

          For more information, email Mat Kubo, Civic Art + Design Project Manager, at civicart@haatx.com.

          Submit questions in writing, via email, no later than July 20, 2017, 5 p.m. (CST) to civicart@haatx.com. Questions will be answered, as they are received, and no later than July 21, 2017.


          11. Southwest Police Station - Interior Space Architectural Drawings and Images

          For images, click here.

          1. Summary
          Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the City of Houston (The City) support the community’s desire to place temporary works of art on City property. Each City Department has discretion over temporary art within its jurisdiction and sole responsibility to review matters of safety. At the request of the City Department, HAA will serve in an advisory capacity during the review process and recommend pieces for placement on their property. For projects proposed in the TXDot right-of-way, please email civicart@haatx.com for their additional guidelines.

          The City may permit temporary placement of a work of art on City property for a period of time not to exceed 90 days, subject to the approval of the Director of the City Department having jurisdiction over the site upon which the work of art will be placed. The Director may extend the temporary placement for two consecutive periods of time not to exceed 90 days each, for a total of 270 days.

          If the department determines that there is a safety issue, the organization or individual proposing the exhibition will be required to have an engineer’s seal. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces or any other safety concern. These drawings can be submitted to HAA for review after the project has been approved.

          The cost of the installation and de-installation of the artwork will be paid by the applicant. The artist or proposing organization is responsible for maintenance and for any damage to the artwork during the time the artwork is on view. The applicant may also be required to pay a bond conditioned on the timely removal of the artwork.

          Please note that this application is for outdoor works only. Should you like to propose a temporary display of work inside a City building, please contact the relevant City department directly.

          2. Application Requirements

          1. Proposal letter (three-page maximum) including the following:
            • Contact information from the proposing artist or organization;
            • Artwork description including: title and year completed, artist name, artwork medium/material, dimensions and weight. For video, performance and time-based media, artwork duration is also requested;
            • Specific location(s) of proposed installation;
            • Installation plan - specify materials, equipment and utilities to be used;
            • Site maintenance plan - specify schedule and method of upkeep;
            • A detailed timetable covering placement and removal of the artwork and a clear commitment for its timely removal and plan to return site to original condition.
          2. Photographic Documentation of the artwork, showing all views. For new works, please include detailed drawings or renderings; Up to 10 images.
          3. Artist C.V. or Resume; up to three pages;
          4. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces or any other safety concern.


          All text documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin as Microsoft Word Documents (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf). Images must be in Jpeg format. All files must be readable using Microsoft Windows.

          3. Application Submission
          To complete the application form and submit your application requirements, please visit: https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit

          4. Submission Schedule
          Application Due: Monthly, approximately 2 weeks before an HAA Civic Art Committee (CAC) meeting
          Committee Review: Monthly
          Notification of Review Results: Monthly

          Upcoming Deadlines

          • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST
          • Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CST

          *Please note that CAC meeting dates are subject to change.

          5. Review Process

          1. Submit a temporary art proposal to HAA using the Submittable application.
          2. Proposals will be reviewed by the HAA Civic Art Committee during their bi-monthly meeting. HAA will perform an aesthetic, content and material review of the proposal for the affected city department.
          3. Proposals which pass the review will be recommended to the affected City Department or to TXDot for installation.
          4. If the proposal is accepted by the affected City Department, a release from the artist or sponsoring organization on a form approved by the City Attorney will be required before installation can begin. If the Director of the affected City Department determines it advisable and requires it, a bond not to exceed $2,000.00 conditioned on the timely removal of the object shall be posted by the applicant.
          5. The affected City Department can issue a permit to install and display the artwork for a period of 90 days, at its own discretion.
          6. The artist or proposing organization will remove the artwork after 90 days and will return the site to its original condition.

          PLEASE NOTE: HAA approval DOES NOT guarantee approval by the City department. The affected City department has final discretion over temporary art in their jurisdiction.

          For questions or more information regarding the Application for Temporary Placement of Art on City Property, please contact civicart@haatx.com.