Celebrating African-Americans through Public Art

A project of the Public Art & Cultural Commission | inaugural public art, community-informed project will honor THE BLOCK

 

    

 


WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW

Call for Artists | July 1 – July 18, 2019 

 

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce a call for local artists, which will complement the work by Art Ecologie  and be supported by Asheville-based artist collective, Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT). In partnership with the community, Art Ecologie and adé PROJECT, the work that was formerly known as the Visiting Artist Project has been rebranded as Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art (CAAPA). The inaugural public artwork will be a community-informed project that will honor THE BLOCK. In order to complete a mural and two installations representing the legacy and memories of THE BLOCK, Art Ecologie and adé PROJECT seek (4) local artists to work collaboratively with on this creative process.

 

Call for artists 

This call seeks artists experienced Asheville area to assist Art Ecologie with the public art installation and design in THE BLOCK. Selected artists will be paid an honorarium for their participation by the City.

  • Mixed media artist: Experienced fine artist working with collage and other mixed media. 
  • Muralists: Experienced in detailed outdoor murals including lettering. 
  • Literary artist: Experienced with poetry / spoken word. 

Project outline 

Selected artists will work with Art Ecologie members to implement their public art installation design. Duties may include: Co-facilitate community art workshops; work collaboratively to create mixed media collage elements; engage in community listening; and assist with murals.

 Submission guidelines 

  • Lived experience | African-American/persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Portfolio to include 5-10 quality images or video of previous work plus website/ social media site.
  • Artist statement | short biography and curriculum vitae. 
  • References | Contact information for one to two references. 

Early submissions: Due 5 p.m. July 9 

Final submissions: By 5 p.m. July 18.

 

Email submissions with content above to: connect@theadeproject.org

 

Program background

In 2018, the City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission announced the creation of the  Visiting Artist Program. The 2018 partnership is funded by the City’s Percent for Public Art Policy, sponsored by the Public Art and Cultural Commission, and being guided by a local leadership team of artists, arts and culture educators, activists, and promoters.  

 

Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art is the recently rebranded Visiting Artist Project. The project focuses on the goal to enhance underserved communities and  address needs in the city’s public art collection by setting into motion a mission to create public art that emphasizes public input.

For more information 

For more information on this project, or with questions, please contact Project Manager Cortina Caldwell at connect@theadeproject.org. For general questions about the City of Asheville’s public art program, email Steph Monson Dahl of the Economic Development Department at sdahl@ashevillenc.gov

Find a copy of this press release on Asheville City Source.

Visiting Artist Project Press Release July 2019

 

HISTORY

Celebrating African Americans Through Public Art is the recently re-branded Visiting Artist Project. Since inception, the project aims to focus on the goal to enhance under-served communities address needs in the city’s public art collection by setting into motion a mission to create public art that emphasizes public input.

The City of Asheville in conjunction with the Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC) in Asheville, North Carolina launched  the Visiting Artist Project (VAP), which began in 2018. The VAP aimed to enhance under-served communities, address needs in the City’s public art collection, and enable collaborative, mentoring relations between a nationally and internationally recognized artist (or artist team) and a selected group of local artists. For its inaugural 2018 project, the intended focus was on the history, contribution, and experience of the African American community of Asheville. In 2018, the City of Asheville’s Public Art and Cultural Commission announced the creation of the  Visiting Artist Program. The 2018 partnership is funded by the City’s Percent for Public Art Policy, sponsored by the Public Art and Cultural Commission, and after the selection of  Art Ecologie the project is now being guided by a local leadership team of artists, arts and culture educators, activists, and event promoters.  

 

ARTISTIC SELECTION INFORMED BY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

During the call for artists, the City of Asheville, Public Art & Cultural Commission and the jury team used the public feedback surveys to help make the final design proposal selection. The rankings and comments are 25% of the process along with other criteria which include: (1) Request for Proposal requirements submittal requirements and the Visiting Artist Project goals, and (2) projected maintenance needs for the project.The artwork will be shaped by the artist, their collaboration with the community, and the community’s feedback. The art can take any form, in any medium, and be either permanent or even temporary without dictating what kind of artwork will be created, only that a community engagement process will be used to help create it. The content and theme of this artwork can engage with a wide range of ideas, interests and concerns relevant to the AAR community of Asheville. 

Art Ecologie was selected using this process in 2018. To find the full, original proposal click here!

PROJECT OVERVIEW + GOALS

Part of the uniqueness of this project is that it aims to be as open-ended as possible: with respect to medium, design, and location. In keeping with this, we wanted to invite submissions from as wide a range of artists as possible, which included, but was not limited to, local artists. For a project of this size and significance, we were looking for artists with demonstrated experience with major public art projects as well as community engagement experience through the arts. Having received nearly 60 submissions from local, national, and international artists, we left the selection process to a Leadership Team made up of key voices in the artistic and African-American community of Asheville, and members of PACC. In addition to artistic quality, experience, and artistic community engagement, the Leadership Team was also looking for artists and projects that would engage local artists as partners in the execution of the project by earning a stipend ($1000) as well as valuable experience working on a major public art project. 

The goals of this project are: (1) to broaden PACCs engagement with the African American community, and diversify the City’s public art collection, and (2) to support over a dozen current efforts by our local African American community meant to honor and celebrate the past, present and future of African American arts, culture and life in Asheville.

 

INSTALLATION SITE

Much of the community discussion during the July 2018 site visit centered around where the artwork should be sited.  The leadership team settled on three proposed sites for a permanent installation, and ultimately the decision was made to have the sites proximate to THE BLOCK, a historic African-American corridor that runs near the intersection of Eagle & Market Streets. These sites connect with other developments and arts and culture projects, and will be highly accessible to the public. Documentation of the project will also be available to the public, so even if it’s not a permanent installation, we’ll insure it is connected to the community and highly accessible to the public.

FUNDING

This project is largely funded by the City’s percent for Public Art Policy – that is about $50,000 that has been dedicated to paying the visiting artist for all the design, community engagement, fabrication, and installation needed to make the project a success.

 

TIMELINE

2018

Mon, Sept 17 – Final Artist Proposals are due

Thurs, Sept 20 – Public feedback survey added to Open City Hall (open until Thursday October 4th). Paper surveys will be available at the following community centers starting next week: Stephens Lee, Tempie Avery Montford Center, Senior Opportunity Center, Rev. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, the Harvest House, Burton Street Center and Shiloh Center.

Thurs, Sept 20 – Public Feedback Party (AAAC Refinery from 5:30-7:30 pm)

Tues, Oct 9 – VAP Leadership Team ranks proposals and creates recommendation

Thurs, Oct 11 – Selected final proposal presented at PACC meeting for final approval (City Hall, 1st floor conference room from 4-5 pm)

Fri, Oct 12 – Announcement of the selected artist(s)/proposal

Oct 18-20 – African Americans in WNC & South Appalachia Conference

Fri, Oct 19, VAP presentation on at 1 pm in the Mountain View Room of UNCA Sherrill Center

Oct 22- Nov 12 – Call for Local Artists (to be evaluated by Leadership Team and by finalist

Dec 2018 – Contracts finalized

2019

Jan 1- Oct 1, 2019 – Project implementation (exact dates TBD, but sometime in this period)

LEADERSHIP TEAM 

The 2018 partnership is funded by the City’s Percent for Public Art Policy, sponsored by the Public Art and Cultural Commission, and being guided by a leadership team of artists, arts and culture educators, activists, and promoters including those listed below, as well as a growing list of community members.  We welcome the opportunity to connect with others that have similar projects underway, and we are interested in talking to potential sponsors who can help increase the quality of the community’s involvement in this project.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Cortina Jenelle Caldwell, Project Manager
Founder + Creative Director, Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT)
For questions or inquiries, reach out – connect@theadeproject.org 

Stephanie Monson Dahl, Project Liaison
City of Asheville Strategic Development Director
For sponsorship, reach out – smonson@ashevillenc.gov

COMMUNITY  LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE

Darin Waters
Brent Skidmore 
Viola Spells 
Katie Cornell
Shirley Whitesides
Michael Carter
Sheneika Smith
Valeria Watson
Sekou Coleman
Nex Millen

 

 

 

PRESS + MEDIA 

Visiting Artist Project Press Release July 2019

 

Mountain Xpress 

City of Asheville selects Art Ecologie as inaugural visiting artist 

 

AVL Today 

Meet the Visiting Artists Project:  3 visions for Asheville’s Africa – American community 

 

Other Media

Listen to BPR’s Waters and Harvey show piece on the project

Read more about what’s happened  on the City’s Blog

Read more on the Visiting Artist Program from the Mountain Xpress. 


 

For more information contact:

Steph Monson Dahl
City of Asheville Strategic Development Director
smonson@ashevillenc.gov 
828-337-4111