Broad Street Ministries & Color Me Back

Broad Street Ministries & Color Me Back

This Deadline Expired: Monday, May 24, 2021

Request for Proposals 

Deadline: May 24th, 2021 

Concept and Summary: 

The Porch Light Program, a collaboration of Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, launched a groundbreaking initiative called “Color Me Back: A Same Day Work and Pay Program” that combines participatory art-making and access to social services in a unique model offering individuals who are experiencing economic insecurity an opportunity to earn wages. Participants have the opportunity to connect, contribute, and engage with peer specialists who can link them with support services, including social and/or behavioral health services and potential opportunities for longer-term employment while working in the program. 

Since April 2019 the program has completed a number of different public art projects, including a 115-foot mural in Suburban Station under the direction of lead artist Gabe Tiberino and a unique mural at the Walnut-Locust underground concourse consisting of nearly 200 columns under the direction of lead design artist Lauren Cat West. On a daily basis, the program offers a variety of workshops geared towards teaching things such as screen printing, vision boards, stained glass windows, pattern making, paper cut-outs, and much more. 

The program is now seeking a new design artist to create a design for the next phase of the program slated to begin the week of June 1, 2021 and to last roughly 16 weeks (6/1/21 ‐ 9/10/21). The artist(s) will be working onsite at Broad Street Ministries and onsite with the Color Me Back program. The artist should be secure about working in-person with participants who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, mental health challenges and substance use challenges. The artist is responsible for designing and implementing a series of 6 weeks of artistic workshops geared towards teaching artistic practices and gathering content to inform the designs for roughly 10 different signs/small murals to be installed indoors at Broad Street Ministries (More details below). These signs will be designed by the artist with input from workshop attendees and painted by the participants of the Color Me Back program. 

The artist will be responsible for working collaboratively with the PCAH production, led by Glenn Holsten, to integrate projects and narratives into the filmmaking process. Broad Street Ministries will provide more information about this aspect of the project. 

The artist will be responsible for making sure the CMB teaching and assistant artists are clear on the work they need to do to make sure the signs/murals are completed with likeness to the design. The teaching artist, assistant artist and participants will be responsible for executing the majority of the designs, under the guidance of the design artist. 

Photographs of the locations for each sign and other details about each of the signs are below. These signs will be permanent installations and should add to the overall flow and feel of the space. The design artist fee is a total of $6,000, including $2,000 for workshop design and facilitation and $4,000 to oversee and manage production of roughly 10 small to medium murals and wayfinding signs. 

The program cycle will begin on June 1, 2021 and run through September 10rd, 2021 (16 weeks). The artist should plan to engage patrons at BSM lunch services in 6 weeks of workshop(s), a minimum of 2 days per week beginning the week of June 1. These workshops should be designed to teach participants a skill, a new technique or introduce a new method. The Artist will be responsible for designing and leading each of the workshops. Anyone who attends the lunch services should have an opportunity to contribute should they want. The mural/sign designs should be ready for design review no later than July 28th, 2021 (6 weeks of workshops, 2 weeks to design, 8 weeks to produce & install). All designs will have to go through Mural Arts design review before they will be approved. Designs must also be shown to BSM for approval.

Mural Project and Artist Selection Schedule: 

Applications Due: May 24, 2021 

Artist Selection and Notification: May 28, 2021 

Engagement begins : week of June 1st (through end of July 2021) 

Design Review process : July 2021 (tentatively 7/28/2021) 

Production and Installation : August/September 2021 

Completion by September 2021 

Artist Fees: The design artist will receive $6000. 

Artist Responsibilities: 

● Design & implement 6 weeks of engagement, 2 workshops per week during lunch services to gather mural content 

● Workshops will be held outdoors during lunch services at BSM 2-3 days per week (lunch service is Monday-Friday 11-1pm) 

● Create a comprehensive set of designs for the locations described/pictured above ● Participate in Mural Arts’ design review process before tentatively 7/28/2021 

● Designs will be painted by Mural Arts Color Me Back program participants over the course of roughly 8-10 weeks 

● Oversee painting process to ensure designs are being painted with likeness to designs ● Design to be installed by design artist with support from teaching and assistant artists and possibly program participants who express interest in learning this process 

● Communicate on a regular basis with teaching artist, assistant artist, and program coordinator 

Porch Light and Mural Arts staff will purchase and deliver supplies for workshops and mural production. Mural Arts and DBHIDS staff will provide support for/with participants of CMB program and provide other logistical support for workshops, production and installation. Please respond with your statement of interest (in the population and/or location) and provide a rough design concept narrative along with workshop concepts to Emily Crane, Emily.crane@muralarts.org by May 24th, 2021.

For more information on what to submit, and where, please visit the Mural Arts Philadelphia website.

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