Request for Qualifications |  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Commons

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“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” 

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Facing the Challenge of a New Age,” 1956

Introduction

The Arts Center and Corvallis Parks and Recreation in Corvallis, Oregon, invite artists to submit their qualifications for the design and installation of permanent public art that will be a part of the enhancements at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park (MLK Park).

MLK Park is a beautiful 29-acre community park that is undergoing a multi-million dollar major park improvement. Public art in the park will help create a welcoming place for all people, complementing a park design inspired by Dr. King’s philosophies of inclusion and equality. For more about Corvallis and MLK Park, click here.

An Art Selection Committee of art professionals and community members will choose artists or artist teams to create artwork for the park that reflects the spirit, values and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will determine artist(s) eligibility to propose artwork for the specific location described in this document, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Commons.

The due date to apply for this opportunity is March 6, 2023, 11:59pm, Pacific Time. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, and are experiencing access challenges contact Jennie Castle, curator@theartscenter.net for support.

Art Sites

Public art and design elements will be utilized at multiple locations in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Separate RFQs will be published for the following sites: (1) Entry Plaza, (2) Commons and (3) Art Mural Wall. Each will have separate budgets and review processes with the MLK Art Selection Committee. The Art Selection Committee intends to select a different artist or artist team for each location. This RFQ is specifically for artists interested in developing proposals for the Commons location.

Dr. Martin Luther King Park Entry Plaza
Martin Luther King Jr. Park Commons
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Sports Courts

Commons |Budget: Not to Exceed $150,000

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Commons

The primary goals of this artwork are to:

  • Reference meaningful connections between culture, history and the natural world.
  • Provide open-ended, creative, and surprising environments that emphasize freedom and discovery.
  • Celebrate the spirit, values and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beloved Community.”

The Commons includes a walking trail and grass recreation area. The primary access point is via a paved path extending west from the Entry Plaza on the other side of a small bridge spanning a headwater tributary of Lamprey Creek. 

The Commons will often be busy, and is adjacent to an off-leash dog park. The grassy oval of the Commons offers a place for learning, personal introspection and relationship building while walking, sitting, or participating in fun community activities. The history of both national and local civil rights movements will be shared with visitors as they walk the Commons path. The artwork could potentially interact with this narrative, leverage the learning experience, and connect the diversity of human communities.

The art chosen for this location may be singular or multifaceted. The commission will be awarded to one artist or artist team with a budget not to exceed $150,000. The budget includes artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, and any other project-related costs. National artist and artist teams are eligible to apply.

Equity Policy

The City of Corvallis is committed to the principles of equality of opportunity for all members of our community and beyond. The City will recruit, hire, transfer, and promote without regard to color, race, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, religion, religious observance, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or source and level of income. Recruitment will be on the basis of qualifications only, without regard to color, race, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, religion, religious observance, marital status, familial status, veteran status, or source and level of income.

We encourage a cross-section of people representing our diverse communities to apply, including those from historically excluded communities including, but not limited to: rural communities, from communities of color, LGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to submit the following items via a form (below) on The Arts Center’s website. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by the deadline: March 6, 2023, 11:59pm, Pacific Time. Do not submit a proposal for the commission at this time.

Include the following in your application:

  1. Statement of interest. Explain why this project is of interest to you. Address how your artistic practice connects to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and/or the notion of ‘Beloved Community’. Submit as a PDF named with artist’s last name, first initial, cover (doejcover.pdf). Maximum 1 page.
  2. Artist Resume – Please include a daytime telephone number, email and address. Submit as a PDF file named with artist’s last name, first initial, resume (doejresume.pdf). Maximum 2 pages per person.
  3. Images  Submit up to 10 JPEG images of recent work. Images must be no larger than 1024 x 1024 pixels, and 72 dpi. Each image filename must be named as follows: artist’s last name, first initial, number that corresponds to the number on the image list (doej01.jpg).
  4. Corresponding Image Identification List – Include title, date of completion, material(s), size, the budget or purchase price and any other relevant information or narrative. Submit as a PDF file named with artist’s last name, first initial, imagelist (doejimagelist.pdf). Maximum 2 pages.

Selection Criteria

  • Statement of interest clearly identifies the artist’s connection to the narratives surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Applicant specifically and succinctly addresses the application requirements outlined in our RFQ.
  • Work samples exemplify artistic merit and technical quality.
  • Artist Resume lists strong professional qualifications indicating the successful completion of past projects
  • Applicant demonstrates ability to work within a given budget and timeframe, and to work with a diverse professional team.

Selection Process

Artist and artist teams will be evaluated using the following criteria. Up to 5 finalists will be selected. These finalists will be invited to a site visit, and awarded up to $1200.00 to cover costs associated with proposal preparation.

Members of the Art Selection Committee include artists, representatives from the Linn Benton NAACP branch, MLK Park users, and community members. Non-voting advisors to the panel include MLK Park project leads, the project architect, and TAC staff. Questions relating to this RFQ will be answered via email by Jennie Castle, curator@theartscener.net. Questions received fewer than five (5) business days before the deadline for submissions may not be considered.

Project Timeline

Application Due: March 6, 2023, 11:59pm, Pacific Time

Finalist Notifications: April 2023

Finalist Proposals Due: July 2023

Finalist Contracted: August 2023

Project Completion: Summer 2024

*Dates provided are estimates based upon current knowledge of preliminary project schedules and are only intended to assist artists in determining their own availability to participate. Above dates in no way represent final approved schedules and are subject to change through future iterations of design and construction phases.

Pose all questions relating to this RFQ to Jennie Castle via email, curator@theartscenter.net. Questions received fewer than five (5) business days prior to the submission deadline may not be considered.

Commons: MLK Park RFQ Application

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Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Explain why this project is of interest to you. Address how your artistic practice connects to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and/or the notion of ‘Beloved Community’. Submit as a PDF named with artist’s last name, first initial, cover (doejcover.pdf).
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Include a daytime telephone number, email and address. Submit as a PDF file named with artist’s last name, first initial, resume (doejresume.pdf). Maximum 2 pages per person.
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Include title, date of completion, material(s), size, the budget or purchase price and any other relevant information or narrative. Submit as a PDF file named with artist’s last name, first initial, imagelist (doejimagelist.pdf).
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Accepted file types: jpg, Max. file size: 50 MB, Max. files: 10.
    Submit up to 10 JPEG images of recent work. Images must be no larger than 1024 x 1024 pixels, and 72 dpi. Each image filename must be named as follows: artist’s last name, first initial, number that corresponds to the number on the image list (doej01.jpg).