Request for Proposals: Creative Placemaking at Prevention Point

Request for Proposals: Creative Placemaking at Prevention Point

This Deadline Expired: Monday, March 7, 2022

Contact:
Paige Phillips, Porch Light Project Manager
paige.phillips@muralarts.org
215.495.7256

Introduction

Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program, is seeking a team of artists to work on a creative placemaking project with Prevention Point Philadelphia, a public health organization providing harm reduction services to members of the Kensington neighborhood. This project seeks to improve the visual character and efficacy of an open lot adjacent to Prevention Point’s headquarters, and to strengthen the organization’s efforts to be a good neighbor.

The area is busy with Prevention Point clientele, people using local businesses along Kensington Avenue, and individuals struggling with the impacts of substance use and housing insecurity. The lot, which is paved and fronts on Kensington Ave (entrance on Ruth St), is regularly occupied and used to distribute meals and implement COVID-19 testing, and aims to be adaptable and responsive to meet future community needs.

The selected artists will engage with the community and stakeholders, which will include individuals with varying levels of vaccination status, to understand what designs would support Prevention Point’s services. These may include a combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements, such as an entry sign, trash storage area, and other beautification and/or functional features. The artists will also be responsible for communicating and attending design reviews with Mural Arts staff. The team of artists will contribute to the fabrication of materials, but can receive support from assistant artists, Mural Arts administrators, and/or third party vendors. It may also be possible to work with Mural Arts’ The Guild program on carpentry and other fabrication and installation work.

The budget for this project is $30,000, which includes a $10,000 fee for the selected artists (to be distributed amongst the group at their discretion). The remainder of the budget would go toward supplies and fabrication costs. The project will consist of phases including (1) community engagement during winter 2022; (2) planning and approval of design during spring 2022; and (3) fabrication and installation of the designs during summer 2022.

We are seeking a team of artists who, together, have the requisite community engagement, design, fabrication and installation skill to implement placemaking features in this space. Individual artists who are interested in the project may contact Mural Arts staff if they would like support in identifying others with whom they could collaborate. Teams interested in this project should submit applications by Monday, March 7 to Paige Phillips at paige.phillips@muralarts.org

Background

Mural Arts Philadelphia and Prevention Point Philadelphia have a long-standing collaboration.

Prevention Point’s mission is to reduce the harm associated with substance use and sex industry work by promoting health, empowerment, and safety while advocating for humane public policies and programs. It offers health services at a facility at Kensington and Monmouth Avenues. Its health services include harm reduction, counseling, syringe services, free medical care, support and education groups, and referrals to social services and drug treatment.

Mural Arts, working in partnership with the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIdS), seeks to uplift the resilience of a community fractured by substance use, crime, and housing insecurity. The Porch Light Program has long worked in Kensington, first at a storefront art studio at Kensington and Somerset avenues and evolving into a mobile art lab with partnerships and artmaking throughout the community.

Mural Arts previously worked with Prevention Point on a signature mural by nationally-renowned artist Swoon on Monmouth Avenue facing the Prevention Point main building.

The area where Prevention Point and Mural Arts work faces a combination of issues: substance use and related health issues; housing insecurity; violence related to drug trade; and the COVID pandemic. These blocks are a focal point because of the services that Prevention Point provides.

This opportunity will concentrate on working with Prevention Point to make a welcoming and useful space for clients, staff, and the public. This will include getting to know the participants who use the space, speaking to Prevention Point staff about how the lot is used, discovering what types of messaging would be appropriate, and coordinating designs that beautify and increase the functionality of the space. The process will include engagement on-site and going through the internal design review process at Mural Arts, where a panel of artists will provide feedback on designs.

Link to full RFQ here!

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