This is a call for design proposals for a public art project in a neighborhood park. In this first phase, artists will be teamed with a landscape design firm to submit initial concept designs for public art and pathway to the park. The top 3-5 semi-finalist submissions will be awarded $750 honoraria each to supplement their proposal. The final design, selected by the community, will be incorporated into a follow-on $20K implementation grant application.
The goals of the public art commission are to create an inspiring, joyful, safe, and welcoming experience for the users of the playground and park. Artist(s) should consider how the artwork will enhance the neighborhood culture, celebrate the public space, and improve the urban play area
The local non-profit civic association, Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association (GFNCA) is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Public Art Planning Grant to plan and select new work for the recently opened Glenmont Forest Community Park. This property is adjacent to Fire Station #18, located at the intersection of Georgia and Randolph roads in Montgomery County, Maryland. This is a highly visible site and gateway to the Glenmont-Wheaton communities. See park description at: Glenmont Pavilion at Glenmont Forest Community Park (montgomerycountymd.gov) GFNCA represents approximately 900 households in the area south of Randolph Road and west of Georgia Avenue.
As part of this new community amenity, GFNCA is working with a landscape design firm to develop concepts and to team with artists to develop preliminary proposals for this location.
A preferred design will incorporate the following elements:
The Review Committee is open to a wide variety of solutions however the ideal team will consist of preselected landscape designer with artist(s) to create a natural entrance pathway from Grandview Avenue incorporating art representing the local community leading to the park level. Any additional art piece may also be placed on the site due to the gateway, visibility features of the park.
This property is adjacent to Fire Station #18, located at the intersection of Georgia and Randolph roads in Montgomery County, Maryland. This is a highly visible site and gateway to the Glenmont-Wheaton communities. Glenmont Pavilion at Glenmont Forest Community Park (montgomerycountymd.gov) The State Highway Administration recently completed the construction of a Randolph Road tunnel under Georgia Avenue in an effort to reduce significant traffic congestion.
GFNCA has worked for several years with Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) to develop this green space into a neighborhood park. As a result of a long-term community visioning process, DGS has funded the construction of a playground and adjacent pavilion with seating. An ADA entrance has been constructed from Randolph Road to reach these structures. The longer term vision is to extend the pathway around the green space adding multi-generational exercise stations, which may require additional funding.
In the interim and in an effort to enhance and add additional amenities, GFNCA has coordinated with multiple organizations and county agencies to include several enhancements. In cooperation with Silver Spring Civitan Club we have installed a Little Free Library for community use. Additionally, we are working with the County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to add signage and additional support for the existing storm water management feature. Finally, Impact Silver Spring may fund a potential community gardens project on the site.
One of the community goals is an entrance from Grandview Avenue. This is a treed area which rises from street level to the park plateau. Since there is already an ADA entrance to the park, this new pathway does not need to be ADA compliant. It is NOT desired for a concrete set of stairs, rather a naturally defined and safe pathway is preferred. The hope is that the team of landscape designers and artists can create an inviting and safe way for the community to connect with the park.
Part of the project could also include a highly visible structure/sculpture or other landscape modifications somewhere on the property to help identify the neighborhood and our diverse culture in this gateway intersection. The artwork should relate to the scale of the park, buildings, and neighborhood. It should be large enough to be seen by vehicular traffic but also enjoyed by park visitors. Artist should assume artwork will be touched, climbed and played on and must be durable and of permanent materials that will stand the test of time. Materials must be safe and easily maintained.
All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. These projects are located in the public realm and will be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as be subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. Finalists are encouraged to participate in presentation to the community and consultations with County agencies before the submission of a final proposal. The chosen proposal will be reviewed to ensure conformity with city standards of permitting, maintenance and durability. The selected artist/team is expected to stay on budget and to complete work in an approved time frame.
Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association (GFNCA) is seeking artists to submit qualifications and draft, preliminary project proposals for consideration.
This project to plan and select a solution is funded by the Maryland State Arts Council. The goal is to submit the selected design for a follow-on implementation grant that will provide funds for fabrication and installation in the next fiscal year
The GFNCA Review Committee will select between 3-5 proposals and award $750 honoraria to selected teams to more fully “flesh out” their proposal in preparation for follow-on grant application submittal. This process should include collaboration with landscape designer as well as presentation to the community. The community will then select the project to submit for the $20K FY23 MSAC Public Art Implementation Grant.
Due Date: Please submit the following materials by 11:59 PM EDT on June 6, 2021. There is no fee to apply.
Please clearly label all files with the artist’s full name for all application materials
PDF, JPEG, MP4 and PNG files preferred.
The application should include:
All COVID restrictions in effect will be followed.
To submit the application materials, please use this JotForm.
GFNCA Review Committee will choose designs from the submissions to display on our website and reserves the right to post design submissions publicly
Up to five artists or teams will be selected as semi-finalists. Those selected will receive more specific information regarding the site and have the opportunity to meet with site representatives, the applicable county agencies, and public art staff. The finalists will receive an honorarium to prepare and present the proposal. The review committee will review the proposals, interview the applicants in a virtual format, and recommend semi-finalists. The final selection will be made by the GFNCA community and will be utilized in the implementation grant application. Semi-Finalist’s proposal should provide enough details to assist in the application for implementation grant
Selection criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not limited to, the following:
To schedule a COVID-safe site visit or ask questions about this project contact Jim Epstein at firstname.lastname@example.org