Vermont Arts Council

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR FLOOD THE STREETS WITH ART! MONTPELIER ALIVE

PROJECT AND PURPOSE

Flood the Streets with Art

The Montpelier Senior Activity Center, along with Montpelier Alive, the Center for Arts & Learning, Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the T.W. Wood Gallery, are excited to announce Flood the Streets with Art, a recognition of the one-year anniversary of the 2023 Montpelier flood.

On July 10-11, 2023, the North Branch River flooded downtown Montpelier with several feet of water. The flood left behind inches of mud and enormous piles of debris that were removed from downtown buildings. In the year since, Montpelier government offices, businesses, churches, and residents have shown resilience and grit, working hard to recover from the physical and financial damage the flood caused.  To honor and celebrate this on-going resiliency, this event is intended to create a different image of our city streets, this time flooded with art.

Flood the Streets with Art will invite artists and community members of all ages and abilities to create temporary chalk art installations on our city sidewalks during the day on July 10, 2024. That evening, we will celebrate the vibrancy of an art-covered downtown with live music, dance, and the opportunity to view the community’s art. Flood the Streets with Art will allow us to tell our stories as well as make new, vibrant, and hopeful memories of our downtown. Professional artists will be hired to embellish specific areas of downtown. Selected Artists will receive a $200.00 stipend.

SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES 

  1. The Artists are responsible for the drawing of their assigned section of sidewalk.
  2. Artists are asked to interpret the experience of resiliency and hope in the year since the flood in their work.
  3. Assigned spots will be approximately 4’x 8’
  4. Drawing will take place between 9am-4pm, July 10, 2024 (July 17 rain date).
  5. Artists will be provided with one set of chalk pastels. Artists are responsible for any additional materials required. Oil pastels are not allowed. All materials must be non-toxic and water-soluble.
  6. Selected works will be documented, promoted, and included in the Montpelier Art Walk and other city-wide arts events.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Artist/artist team names, contact information, websites (if they have one)
  • Images or examples of proposed design and narrative description
  • Up to four images of previous relevant art (maximum 1 MB/image)

PROJECT TIMELINE:

– June 24: Artist submissions due by 5:00 pm

– June 28: Artists notified

– July 10: Artists pick up their chalk pastels and location from the volunteer tent at 9:00 am 

– July 10: Artists finished and cleaned up work area by 8:00 pm

REPLY SPECIFICATION 

Submissions should be emailed to [email protected]

NON-DISCRIMINATION

The City of Montpelier does not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.

ABOUT MONTPELIER ALIVE

Since its founding in 1999, Montpelier Alive has grown into a trusted source of information and vital community connector. Our work is to create a more vibrant and livable community by celebrating Montpelier’s heart and soul: its downtown. We create and support community events, beautify our downtown, support our local businesses, and promote Montpelier to visitors. 

Questions?

Artists are encouraged to reach out to the Montpelier Alive with any questions ahead of proposing work. Inquiries should be made by sending an email to [email protected]

Disclaimer: While we are enthusiastic about this project, Montpelier Alive reserves the right to not select any of the proposals it receives.