Recognizing the value that public art brings to a community in creating civic pride stimulated in both the urban core and neighborhoods throughout the Duval area, the City of Jacksonville established an Art in Public Place Program by City Ordinance and tapped the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to administer it. The Art in Public Places Committee, approved by the Mayor’s office, oversees the selection of the public art on behalf of the City. The public art is funded primarily with .75 % of eligible Capital Improvement Project budgets for city facilities that covers the artist budget, infrastructure costs, administration and future maintenance. Examples of other sources of funding include private partnerships, Downtown Investment Authority, City Council Member discretionary funds
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and its Art in Public Places is announcing Calls to Artists for Jacksonville’s neighborhoods. We seek local, regional and national artists that can add their impact on our cultural community through their work. The Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) is open to all US artists and artist teams. Local artists are encouraged to apply. Applications are submitted through CaFÉ.
Duval County Courthouse Call to Artists
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville releases a $500,000 Call to Artists to transform a three-acre lawn in downtown Jacksonville into work of public art for the citizens and visitors of Jacksonville. The city seeks a design that is a dignified, memorable and iconic work of art in front of the Duval County Courthouse and links the urban center with the historic African American neighborhood of LaVilla. Three artists will be paid $15,000 to assemble a team and to imagine the new urban space with a visually dynamic pedestrian ground plane that might include elevated/suspended structures providing day shade and night light. The designs will be presented widely for public comment prior to selection in the spring of 2021.
For clarity, an artist is defined broadly and includes visual artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, graphic designers, etc.
We are currently creating the rosters of muralists, public artists and emerging public artists for use by the Cultural Council and any other organization to find or select muralists and public artists in NE Florida. To learn more about this opportunity and how to apply click here.
GENERAL CRITERIA FOR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS FOR CITY OF JACKSONVILLE
Without limiting the criteria by which the Artwork may be evaluated, at a minimum the Artwork shall conform to the General Criteria for Public Art Projects:
The Artwork will be a work(s) of art to which the general public has open and easy access and which will enrich and give dimension to the public environment, and which reflects generally accepted community standards of aesthetic appeal and artistic expression and exhibit artistic excellence.
The Artwork will be compatible with and shall enhance the architecture and general environment of the City.
The Artwork may be specific to a particular site and in such case may relate to the function and the users of the facility, to the history or population of the neighborhood and may become part of the architecture.
Acceptable forms of public art shall include all visual arts mediums, including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, original prints, mixed media, sculpture, bas relief, mobiles, murals, kinetic art, electronic art, photography, clay, glass, fiber and textiles, as well as art which may be functional (e.g. doors, gates, furniture, flooring and walls).
The Artwork shall not include items that are mass-produced or of standard design.
The Artwork shall be created by artists of appropriate status who are generally recognized by recognized art professionals as artists of serious intent and recognized ability. Such artists may not be a member of the project architectural, engineering, or design team or of the Art in Public Places Committee, Art Selection Panel or the Cultural Council Board or their respective staffs.
In addition, the Artist shall in designing the Artwork, conduct and incorporate research about the environment, architectural heritage, history, cultures, community makeup, and perceived identity of the Site area and take into account the specific existing architectural and iconic nature of buildings and other artwork in the surrounding landscape of the Site.
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.