The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Artist Opportunity: Abolitionist & Underground Railroad Downtown Art Walk City of Greenfield, Massachusetts - Application due Feb. 4th






WHAT: Artist Opportunity: Abolitionist & Underground Railroad Downtown Art Walk City of Greenfield, Massachusetts
WHERE: Downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts
WHEN: Application due Feb. 4th


Abolitionist & Underground Railroad Downtown Art Walk - City of Greenfield, Massachusetts
Release date: 12/19/2023
Due date for responses: 2/4/2024
Contact Information: makingitpublic@greenfield-ma.gov, 413-772-1548 ext.4

Important Links:
PDF of entire Call for Art (including Appendix A) available here.
Pre-application Google form available here.
Registration for January 9, 2024 Information Session available here.

I. OVERVIEW
The City of Greenfield, in collaboration with local educators and historians, has identified twelve sites historically significant to the abolitionist movement in Greenfield that are located in the downtown neighborhood, which is also a Mass Cultural Council Cultural District. The sites include former residences of abolitionists, potential locations of underground railroad activity, and the location of addresses given by nationally prominent figures like Frederick Douglass. The City will hire up to twelve artists/teams to paint murals on the sidewalks nearest each site in order to inform residents and visitors of the historical connection to the abolitionist movement that exists in downtown Greenfield. The art should be illustrative of the subject of each site but final design decisions will rest with the artists. Source photos of involved individuals will be provided whenever possible (see Appendix A). 

II. AWARD
The City of Greenfield will provide a stipend of $1,000 for each mural painted on an approximately 48x48” section of sidewalk. Stipends are inclusive of the cost of art supplies selected by the artist/team and approved by the City. The City of Greenfield will provide low-slip, Americans-with-Disabilities-Act compliant paint to each artist//team at no cost (artists may use their own similar low-slip paint if approved by the City). If an artist is selected for multiple murals they will receive $1,000 for each work (e.g. $3,000 for 3 murals). The City will block off sections sidewalks and ensure that any permitting requirements are met before work begins.

The City of Greenfield will enter into grant agreements with individual artists and/or artist teams. 50% of the award amount will be paid upon signing the agreement and the remaining 50% paid upon completion and acceptance of the project by the City

III. WHO CAN APPLY
The call is open to any resident of the United States of America aged 18 years or older. Current or former residents of Greenfield, Massachusetts, and Massachusetts artists familiar with Greenfield are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists and teams with experience in community arts, creative engagement, murals, and paintings are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate experience working with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, and other segments of the population that are underrepresented in the public realm. Artists at all levels of experience – including individuals who are currently enrolled in school – are encouraged to apply.

VI. KEY DATES

February 4, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. - Pre-application Due Date

February 16, 2024 - Notification of finalist selection on or before this date

February 26-29, 2024 Week - Information session for finalists on project background with local historians

March 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. - Artwork mockup due date

April 19, 2024 - Awards announced on or before this date

May 3, 2024 - Grant agreement signed on or before this date

June 14, 2024 -Final artwork to be completed on or before this date

VII. SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA

A review committee consisting of local historians, Cultural District Committee members, and Human Rights Commission members will evaluate the proposals received. Committee members will review submissions in accordance with the criteria listed below. The review committee may seek outside expertise, including, but not limited to, input from technical and subject matter advisors to assist in evaluating proposals.

Pre-application review criteria: Up to twelve finalists will be selected based on: interest in the subject matter via the artist statement; ability to create attractive, painted artwork on sidewalk or concrete; experience working with community-based organizations, BIPOC communities, and other segments of the population that are underrepresented in the public realm; ability to meet deadlines.

Final application review criteria: The finalists will receive a stipend of $100 in order to create a mockup of one piece of art for a listed location (see Appendix A). The finalists will rank the locations listed in Appendix A based on their preference and will be assigned their highest ranked location for their mockup if possible. The creation of a mockup does not guarantee an artist will be selected to create artwork.

Up to twelve artists/teams will then be selected to create artwork based on: a mockup that is a compelling representation of the chosen site’s historical context; a mockup that is of scale and detail that is suitable for an approximately 48x48” sidewalk square in downtown Greenfield and is ready for immediate creation. If fewer than twelve artists are selected, the remaining locations will be assigned using the original rankings, giving artists their top choices whenever possible. The City of Greenfield will enter into grant agreements with the selected artists to finalize a design for and create one to four murals each.


VIII. COPYRIGHT

The City of Greenfield and grantee each reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, and otherwise use, and authorize others to use any artworks/deliverables developed under this agreement with attribution. Grantee retains all ownership and copyright of any ancillary materials developed under the Grant Agreement and will grant the City a royalty-free, nonexclusive, limited right to reproduce, publish, and otherwise use any such ancillary materials on a case-by-case basis with the written permission of Grantee.

Funding for this project was provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts. City of Greenfield staff participated in the Making It Public (MIP) for Massachusetts Municipalities public art training program which prepared staff to release a call for temporary public art. You can read more about the Making It Public program here.

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