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FY19 Capitol View Neighborhood Library - Public Art Project

Grant to a Washington, DC Artist or
Team of Artists for a Public Work of Art

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District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) and District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)

Deadline Date:

02/01/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grant of $30,000 to a Washington, DC artist or team of artists for the creation of a public work of art. Funding is intended for the development and installation of a work of art that will complement the facade of a local library building and bring vibrancy into the neighborhood.

To further enhance the newly renovated DCPL branch and contribute to a dynamic neighborhood, CAH and DCPL are seeking to commission a work of public art within the plaza area of the building that achieves the following goals:
- Activate the plaza area of the entrance to the Capitol View Neighborhood Library.
- Create a vibrant, inspirational and welcoming design element for the area that complements the new façade of the building.
- Contribute to an inviting community space with engaging public art to promote communal activities and walkability in the neighborhood.
- Respond to the community’s desire for an exterior artwork at the Library that reflects their neighborhood.
- Foster an emotional connection with visitors, by creating a distinct visual identity for the plaza area that increases community ownership and investment in the Library.

Due to safety and environmental concerns for the building, applicants should adhere to the following when developing proposal(s):
- Artwork must be highly durable, sustainable and low maintenance.
- Artwork must have a minimum five (5) year lifespan.
- Artwork can be functional to include seating elements that complement existing elements; excludes bike racks.
- Artwork should demonstrate maintainability, sustained structural and surface soundness and resistance to vandalism and weathering.
- Artwork must be fire resistant.
- Water elements and neon work are strongly discouraged for proposals.
- Lighting components may be considered, but must be low maintenance and energy efficient.
- Artwork must be able to withstand light cleaning using power washing.

The total award amount is $30,000, which is inclusive of all design, artwork fabrication and installation costs, as well as artist design fees (no more than twenty percent (20%) of the project budget) and costs associated with design, fabrication, transportation, shipping, installation, insurance, engineered drawings (stamped by a DC licensed engineer), permit costs and photographic documentation of the installed artwork, and a contingency.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185029

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The total award amount is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Artwork fabrication and installation timeline: April - August, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is open only to resident artists and artist teams residing in the District of Columbia.

Artists and Artist Team members must (at the time of application):
- Be a resident of the District of Columbia and maintain residency in the District of Columbia throughout the grant period -DC post office boxes may not be used as a primary address to satisfy this requirement;
- Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
- Be a practicing professional public art installation artist;
- Be in good standing with CAH and DCPL. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 15, 2018 (or otherwise as determined by CAH), are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2019; and,
- Obtain Citywide Clean Hands certification and maintain certification throughout the grant period (see

Applicants restricted from applying include:
- Non-DC residents; and,
- Individuals that require “fiscal agents”; and,
- For profit and nonprofit organizations.

Examples of Unallowable Costs:
- Sub-granting or re-granting of grant funds
- Tuition and scholarships;
- Food or beverage expenses (including relating to dedications, celebrations activities);
- Capital expenses;
- Equipment purchases over five-hundred US dollars ($500.00);
- Costs related to special events, fundraisers, and lobbying; and,
- Travel not directly related to executing services as outlined in the definition above.

Pre-Application Information:

Tentative Schedule:
- Friday, December 21, 2018: Request for proposals released
- Friday, February 1, 2019, 4:00 PM EST: Application deadline
- March 2019: Selected grantee notified
- April – August, 2019: Artwork fabrication and installation timeline

Staff members are available to review draft applications for thirty (30) minute appointments, on government business days up to one (1) week prior to the grant application deadline. Applicants should contact CAH to schedule a

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Lauren Dugas Glover, Public Art Manager

Government of the District of Columbia
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20003

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