Public Art Initiative

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In December 2017, NewTown Macon and Main Street Macon won a grant from the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to install public art pieces in the urban core and to also research best practices for establishing a public art process that benefits the entire community. Main Street Macon and NewTown Macon partnered with Downtown Challenge Fund of the Macon Arts Alliance and Commissioner Virgil Watkins to spearhead the effort to establish a public art policy for Macon-Bibb County. In November of 2018, the Macon-Bibb County Commission voted to approve a Public Art Ordinance for Macon-Bibb County. The Public Art Ordinance established a Public Art Commission that will review applications for public art installations throughout the county. The Public Art Commission will approve public art applications and provide recommendations to artists. Macon Arts Alliance will provide organizational and administrative support to the Public Art Commission as Macon-Bibb County’s designated arts agency.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Main Street Macon and NewTown Macon are calling artists and graphic designers to submit proposals for a public art project made possible by the Downtown Challenge Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. Two artists will be selected to produce two images that will be enlarged on two 40 Feet by 40 Feet Vinyl Panels and installed on the exterior walls of a public parking deck facing Mulberry Street Lane and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. These images should display uplifting and positive imagery for the citizens of Macon, Georgia and our visitors. All applications will be reviewed by the Macon-Bibb County Public Art Commission that represents a cross section of government officials and art professionals from Macon including administrators, educators, and artists.

Eligibility: Resident of Middle Georgia Region

Time Line:

Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2019
Notification of Award: June 28, 2019
Final Artwork Submission Deadline: July 26, 2019 (Final Artwork should be submitted as a TIF)
These dates are subject to change based on approval from Macon-Bibb County Commission

Location: Public Parking Garage at 440 Mulberry Street

Stipend: $3000.00 per artist

Restrictions: No historical, political, or sexual content

To apply, email the following materials to Emily Hopkins at emily@newtownmacon.com:
1. Completed Macon-Bibb County Public Art application
2. Submit a to scale concept schematic 40’ x 40’ in JPEG or PDF format
3. Resume with list of prior mural commissions and 6 digital image examples
4. 300 word or less narrative of what your art submission represents

Email submissions to emily@newtownmacon.com with “Parking Garage Mural” as subject line.

Contact Information
Emily Hopkins
NewTown Macon
555 Poplar Street
478-722-9909 ext. 116

Download the RFP
Public Art Application