The public art most identified with Van Ness is The Music of the Spheres outside the Van Ness-UDC Metro station. Van Ness Main Street thinks there could be so much more.
It is putting out the call for DC-area artists who would create works of public art for as many as three separate areas of Van Ness: Van Ness Street and Connecticut Avenue on the south end, Albemarle and Connecticut on the northern end, and Windom Place in between.
“These areas have the potential to create a sense of place, contribute to the visual character of the community, give visual expression to local values and cultural diversity, and give meaning to the neighborhood’s sense of spirit and pride,” says Van Ness Main Street in its request for qualifications (RFQ).
Phase one begins with the selection of finalists based on the aesthetic quality of previous work, experience working collaboratively, experience working with the community and the quality and completeness of application materials. The application deadline is June 30th.
Three finalists will be chosen by July 24th. Then, the finalists will each receive $1,000 to develop a proposal for any or all three sites to present to the community. A panel will choose the artist/team by September 26th.
nterested artists will find a great deal more information in the Van Ness Main Street RFQ.