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Montopolis Recreation and Community Center - Interior Lobby Wall, Austin, TX


Budget: $40,000
Activated: 12/20/2018
Deadline: 02/25/2019 5:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks to commission visual artists, or artist teams, to design and fabricate an exterior sculpture for the new Montopolis Recreation and Community Center at 1200 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX 78741, a joint-use facility between the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and the Austin Public Health Department (APH).

It is the intent of this project to create public artwork opportunities while featuring Austin artists with lived experience in the Montopolis neighborhood.
Budget Description
Interior Lobby Wall - $40,000

The funds for this project are derived from the 2% for public art portion of the City of Austin’s contribution to the estimated construction budget. Each opportunity is inclusive of design team collaboration, design, fabrication, and installation of artwork (including shipping expenses and insurance), travel, and other project related costs
Project Description
Approved by Austin voters as part of 2012 Bond Election, the City of Austin began the Design Phase of the project in December 2015, which included preliminary, schematic, and design development and construction document phases. During this phase, the City hosted several public meetings to gather community feedback on the design of the new facility.

Designed by McKinney York Architects, the new recreation and community building will house current and proposed recreational services including after-school activities, youth sport and specialized classes, education programs, exercise and fitness classes, health, wellness and nutrition programs, senior activities, neighborhood center services, seasonal services, and other health services for preventative care. The City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Austin Public Health Department (APH) currently manage many activities and programs collaboratively. There will be a gymnasium, meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and community event spaces. The facility is estimated to be approximately 33,000 square feet. The total area of the site is 7.6 acres. 5.05 acres of that area has a parkland use restrictions and the remaining 2.55 acres can be used for any City of Austin programs.

The construction Bidding and Contract Award Phase will be completed by June 2018. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in summer 2018 and to be complete in spring 2020.
Artwork Goals
The Art in Public Places program seeks to commission works of art of redeeming quality that advance public understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places through the selection a qualified artist or artist team who can innovatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this project. The goals of each opportunity are to select artists, in collaboration with project stakeholders and City staff, who will design artwork that:

» Incorporates colors, imagery and themes that reflect the aesthetic qualities of the community;

» Through community engagement, suggests the future aspirations of the people of the Montopolis neighborhood;

» Responds to the story of the facility from 1971 to present and the activism of the surrounding community;

» Integrates seamlessly into the design of the facility and grounds;

» Is made from durable and low maintenance materials;

» Enriches or adds to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection.

The proposed artworks should be integrated into the available scope of construction, to the greatest extent possible, without impeding operation, safety and access. Artwork should be sited in areas accessible to the public within the building envelope. A range of materials and conceptual approaches are welcome for these commissions as long as the parameters and goals of the project are met.
Artwork Location Description
This artwork opportunities is:
•An interior lobby wall

There are four public art opportunities for the Montopolis Recreation and Community Center. They are open to a wide range of ideas to be proposed by the Community Artists, or artist team, in consultation with the project’s design team. Applicants are encouraged to apply for each individual artwork opportunity as they see fit.
Site History
The current Montopolis Recreation Center was originally owned by Dolores Catholic Church. In 1971, the City of Austin entered into an agreement to operate the building as an extension of PARD services. In 1973, PARD purchased the building and the surrounding land. In 1974, a deed was executed by the City to dedicate 2.55 acres of land for community use. The Montopolis Recreation Center has served the community for over four decades. The existing facility is in poor condition and can no longer meet the needs of a growing and vibrant community.

The Montopolis community is a multi-cultural and bi-lingual community in East Austin. The buildings have been an integral part of the community for more than 40 years, therefore, it is important to the City and the Montopolis community that the new facility reflects of the community and history of the area and historical and cultural values are incorporated into the new building’s final design.

More information can be found at:
More information about the history of Montopolis can be found in Austin's Montopolis Neighborhood (Images of America Series) by Dr. Fred McGhee, published in 2014 by Arcadia Publishing.
Artists who have a connection to, and/or lived experience with, the Montopolis neighborhood are encouraged to apply, regardless of professional experience. Visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. All artists on the 2018-2020 Local Pre-Qualified Artist Pool are eligible to apply. Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees including employees of the Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Public Health and the Economic Development Department are ineligible to apply. Employees of the project consultants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 700 word maximum
Artists who have a connection to, and/or lived experience with, the Montopolis neighborhood are encouraged to apply, regardless of professional experience.
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Demographic Survey Agreement/Certification
Selection Information
Selection Process
A Request for Qualifications will be solicited to visual artists. The City of Austin Art in Public Places Panel will convene a selection panel to evaluate the submissions. The selection panel shall review qualifications (portfolio, resume, letter of interest, references) and select one artist or artist team and one alternate for each of the four opportunities. Up to three finalists may be selected per opportunity for interviews. This recommendation will be presented to the Art in Public Places Panel and Arts Commission for approval.

This opportunity will require City Council authority to contract with the selected artists.
The selected artist(s) will be put under a design contract to coordinate with the community stakeholder group, the City and the project’s design team to develop a comprehensive design for artwork. The final design is subject to approval by the Art in Public Places Panel and the Austin Arts Commission and may be subject to review by other relevant City Boards and Commissions and additional stakeholder groups.
Selection Criteria
Selection Committee (Selection Panel + Project Advisors)
Voting Selection Panelists may include:
Paloma Mayorga – artist
Candace Briceño – artist
Claudia Apparecia Quimundi – graphic designer and artist
Jill Ramirez – Executive Director, Serie Project
Jennie Alvarado – artist
Fidencio Duran – Principal Artist for Montopolis Recreation and Community Center AIPP project

The Community Advisors will remain in a consultative role with the AIPP project throughout the commission. Project Advisors may include:
Susana Almanza – Montopolis Neighborhood Association
Anita Villalobos – Montopolis Recreation Center Advisory Board
Georgia Steen – Montopolis Neighborhood Association
Alberto Mejia – Senior Director of Community Programs, Creative Action
Amanda Jasso – Mexican American Community Archivist, Austin Library History Center
Noelle Shelly – Friends of Riverside

AIPP and AAC Project Advisors may include:
Jacob Villanueva – liaison, Art in Public Places Panel
Felipe Garza – liaison, Austin Arts Commission, District 3

City of Austin Project Advisors may include:
David Smythe-Macaulay – Project Manager, Public Works Department
Kevin Johnson – Project Manager, Parks and Recreation Department
Filip Gecic – Project Manager, Austin Public Health Department
Michelle Rojas – Program Supervisor, Montopolis Recreation Center
Gina Saenz - Recreation Programs Manager, Parks and Recreation Department
Javier Ramirez – Project Manager, Austin Water Department
Brian Carlson – Project Manager, McKinney York Architects

Submission Process
Applications must be received online via no later than 5:00 pm (CST) on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Please check the opportunities you are interested in applying to in the on-line application.

For technical assistance with your application, please contact or 210-701-0775 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). Art in Public Places will convene a selection panel to evaluate artist qualifications.

Applications include:
• Letter of Interest stating the relationship to the Montopolis neighborhood and/or Recreation Center;
• 10 images of artworks with descriptions and budgets;
• Resume; and
• 3 contacts for references (no letters of reference needed).
August 2018 Facility construction begins
December 20 Request for Qualifications released (9 weeks)
January + February Artist Information Meeting + application workshop
February 21 Deadline for RFQ submissions
March 6 Selection panel review of applications
March 22 Artist interviews
April 1 & 15 Approval of artists and alternates by AIPP Panel and Arts Commission
April 16 Exterior Window and Interior Lobby Wall contracts executed
June 6 Approval of Exterior Sculpture and Exterior Stairwell contracts
by Austin City Council
June 7 Exterior Sculpture and Exterior Stairwell contracts executed
June 8 Principal Artist + Artist Cohort kick-off meeting
June + July Professional Development meetings for Mid Design
August 5 Artist Cohort Mid-Design presentation to AIPP Panel
August + September Professional Development meetings for Final Design
October 7 Artist Cohort Final Design presentation for approval to AIPP Panel
Montopolis Recreation and Community Center RFQ_Phase II
October 21 Artist Cohort Final Design Approvals to Arts Commission
October 26 Artist Cohort sign under commission contracts
November + December Artworks fabrication & installation coordination
February-March Anticipated project completion
Additional Resources
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Contact Information
Anna Bradley
Art in Public Places Coordinator
201 E. Second Street
Austin TX 78701 United States