The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Request for Proposals for Temporary Public Art

Request for Proposals for Temporary Public Art


Fort Point Arts Community Public Art Series In conjunction with Spring Open Studios

NEW DEADLINE: Applications must be received electronically by midnight EST, Sunday, April 24, 2016

Submit online here

Fort Point Arts Community seeks proposals for two temporary public art projects and two participatory projects in conjunction with Spring Open Studios. The works of art will engage the public, highlight the Fort Point neighborhood and its creative community and promote Open Studios.
Awards available:

1. One $7,500 award for a temporary public art installation to use any of the following suggested locations:

the hardscape outside of the FPAC Space at the Envoy Hotel. (This piece is sited to highlight the new, permanent location of Made in Fort Point, FPAC’s co-op store) (location noted by blue arrow 1 below)

The Floating Art Basin (location noted by blue arrow 2 below)

The chain link fence on A- Street between Binford and Mount Washington Streets

(Although different sites in Fort Point than those listed above may be proposed, please keep in mind that a goal of FPAC’s public art projects during Open Studios is to knit together the Fort Point neighborhood and encourage visitors to travel from building to building. Proposed locations will be considered with this in mind. Works should be prominently located in the neighborhood. The selection committee will take visibility into account when reviewing proposals.)

One $5,000 award for a prominent work of public art sited in or making significant use of the Fort Point Channel between the Summer and Congress Street bridges, or along the Harbor Walk. Specific requirement for proposed installations are listed in the attached Appendix A. (Arrow with Harborwalk below details the possible locations).

Two $750 awards for participatory public art projects to be produces on Saturday and Sunday of Open Studios Weekend, June 18 and 19, 2016.


Work in all media will be considered. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are encouraged. All temporary installations must be designed to withstand Fort Point’s unpredictable summer/fall weather conditions for the duration of seven to twelve weeks. Durability and maintenance will be considered in the review of proposals. Proposals are not limited to one particular theme.

FPAC will assist selected artists in securing permission from local landowners for installation when possible. Submissions will be evaluated based on their visual impact, content, and feasibility.

Selected artists will be responsible for prompt application for any required permitting applications deemed necessary by The City of Boston.

Selected artists will participate in an Artists’ Walk and Talk for the public. Artists are encouraged to include in their submission additional educational/outreach components, which could accompany their project.

Details related to Floating Public Art Proposals: Appendix A:

Parameters for installation of temporary works of public art in Fort Point Channel: The installation should be easily viewed from the Summer and/or Congress Street bridges and must comply with Coast Guard and Harbormaster regulations. Specifically, no installation may interfere with the right of way through the Channel, generally considered to be the center 100 feet of the Channel. All installations are subject to the approval of the Harbormaster and may be revised, rejected, or removed if the Harbormaster deems it necessary. For pieces in the water, approval by the Harbormaster is required. FPAC will provide assistance and support in working with the Harbormaster and securing any such permits.

Should any installation propose to arch the Channel or be otherwise above the Channel, marine clearance equal to the height of the lowest bridge must be maintained, so as no to reduce height clearance for any boat.

If any installation proposes to utilize private lands along the Channel, the artist will be responsible for gaining permission from the landowner. FPAC will assist the artist as needed. If any installation proposes to city owned property, such as the bridges, the artist will be responsible for gaining necessary approvals form the City of Boston.

Many installation proposals may also require equipment, such as floating platforms, moorings or electricity. Any costs for acquiring these items will be part of the RFP budget and the responsibility of the selected artist.

See this link for helpful information regarding Floating Public Art proposals: Document.docx.pdf


Call for proposals release: Friday, March 4, 2016

Question and answer sessions for applicants: Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 PM at the FPAC

Gallery, 300 Summer Street, M1 Boston, MA 02210

Proposals due by: NEW DEADLINE: Sunday, April 24 2016 by midnight EST

Selection Announcement: end of April

Temporary Public Art Installations complete by Thursday, June 16, 2016

Participatory Public Art Projects to occur on Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19 between 12

noon and 6 PM

Artists’ Walk and Talk presentations: June 17 & 18, 2016, times TBD

OpenStudios:June17–19,2016: Friday4–7PM,Sat&Sun12–6PM

De-installation: October 2 or sooner


Artists must be either current FPAC Members or current FPAC Members who are collaborating with non- member groups/individuals. Any lead artists selected in such collaboration would be required to become FPAC members or affiliate members.

Application Requirements

Application should include the following, submitted via the online application:

One-page narrative description

One or two digital submissions illustrating the proposal which may consist of images and text

Digital map or drawing showing location of proposal

Up to six digital images of related artwork

Budget, including list of proposed materials, not to exceed the project funding available in this call (either $7,500, $5,000, or $750). Artists must include the artists’ fee in the budget as well as a maintenance plan.

Educational Outreach: Briefly describe ways your piece could be used as a connecting point between the arts community and the community at large.


Selection Committee

Selection Committee will be announced shortly. The selection committee will meet to discuss submissions. The selection process is facilitated by FPAC’s Executive Director who does not vote. The selection committee may elect to interview a short list of candidates, or request additional information to help finalize their decisions. For this award the selection committee may elect to interview a short list of candidates to gain further information to aid their final decision.


Documentation of each selected project is required. Documentation should be in the form of high- resolution images (300 dpi JPEG files), sent to FPAC via email (in a zipped file) or on a CD or DVD. We encourage documentation of the project while it is in progress, as well as once it is installed.


Contact Emily O’Neil at the FPAC Office, 617 423-4299 or by email at

Our Funders

These project are generously funded by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Fort Point Channel Operations Board and the South Boston Community Development Foundation.

About FPAC

The Fort Point Arts Community, Inc. of South Boston (FPAC) is a non-profit community organization founded in 1980 and run by neighborhood artists and volunteers. Our mission is to promote the work of our artists to a broad and diverse audience; to preserve the artists' community in Fort Point area; to maintain and expand access to affordable studio space; and to increase the visibility of the arts in Fort Point.

What We Do

Fort Point artists generate art all year round, present two Open Studios events annually, advocate for the development and preservation of permanent studio space, organize art lending programs, run galleries and a store, create temporary public art, and actively participate in decisions that affect our neighborhood. We encourage new ideas, collaboration, connections, and economic growth.

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