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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR A TEMPORARY PUBLIC ART PROJECT
EV CHARGER WRAPS - MIDTOWN

Deadline: June 8, 2020; 11:59pm

Click here to download the full RFQ (PDF)

Call to Artists
The City of Sacramento, Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture (OAC), a division of the City of Sacramento Convention and Cultural Services Department, and Department of Public Works (DPW), Office of the Director, invites artists to submit their qualifications to design vinyl wraps for two commission locations in midtown Sacramento, each with three electric vehicle (EV) charger stations. The work is commissioned by the EVgo Fast Charging company in partnership with the City of Sacramento. We are excited about this public-private partnership and look forward to involving artists in City sustainability and innovation projects. Once completed, the work will be owned by EVgo, and will be installed for a minimum of two years.

Project Overview
This project will allow two selected artists to engage with the City of Sacramento, EVgo, area businesses, and residential communities to use creative placemaking techniques to design a series of wrapped curbside electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at two sites in midtown Sacramento (approximately 926 22nd Street and 506 14th Street). Each selected artist will be commissioned to design vinyl wraps for three EV charging stations at one site.

This RFQ is being released during the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to provide two local artists with public art commissions and to contribute as artist collaborators to ongoing sustainability efforts in the City of Sacramento. The timeline is very tight to complete this project. Also, because the charging station boxes need a good amount of instructions for consumers, the space for artwork is smaller than with our traditional utility box wrap projects. Artists should consider this design challenge in the context of the location, designs working together with three boxes, and proximity of viewer (up close as a pedestrian and further away usually driving by in a vehicle). Project stakeholders realize limited community engagement may be possible given shelter in place restrictions and the short timeline. Artists selected for this opportunity must be able to complete their designs no later than August 2020.

Eligibility
The project is open to experienced professional artists. The final commission will be awarded based on the stated “Artist Selection Criteria”. Previous experience with public art or site-specific art is a benefit but is not required for selection. Professional artists living in the Sacramento area and studio artists interested in learning more about public art are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements
The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at https://sacmetroarts.submittable.com. There is no application fee to apply or to use Submittable. To apply, register a username and password, and follow the instructions. The call is listed as the City of Sacramento, EV Charger Wraps. All requirements listed must be met or the application will not be considered.

Questions
Donald Gensler, Project Manager, Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture, Art in Public Places, dgensler@cityofsacramento.org or call 916-808-8493.