Rebuilding East Ninth Together

Email: 9thstreetmandy@gmail.com

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Openings, RFPs

JOB OPENINGS

YOUTH CORPS

(OPEN)

The voices of young people are important to the Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project and the East Lawrence Neighborhood.  We encourage applicants with roots in East Lawrence to apply, and we are committed to attracting creative young folks from diverse artistic and cultural  backgrounds. We encourage all creative young people to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

 

The goal of the Youth Corps is to support young artists in East Lawrence in learning and creating, providing life skills and public art experience to carry into adulthood. Youth Corps artists can make art individually, as part of a group, or through their school.  Projects can be permanent, temporary, event based, and any medium. Projects must be public, in a place where people can see or experience them. We are especially interested in projects and artists who are committed to their community and will give their creative energy toward art with a little extra thought! 

 

Youth Corps artists will need a mentoring adult to support their projects. If you can’t decide on an adult to support your project by helping with paperwork and depositing checks, we can help you. Mentors are available to youth who need help with the application process, ideas, planning the budget, or any aspect of your project.  Contact Richard Renner or the Project Team for help.

 

The Project Team is available to help and applicants at all levels and all mediums should apply and will be provided necessary assistance.

 

Five projects will be selected by the Project Team.  A one time grant of $1000 will be awarded to selected Youth Corps projects upon contract signing. 

 

To apply, please fill out the Youth Corps Application and submit it by email to Youth Corps coordinator Richard Renner at elyouthcorps@gmail.com.  Completed paper applications can be submitted at the Lawrence Arts Center, Attn Richard Renner, 940 New Hampshire St, Lawrence.  

Want to schedule a presentation to your group or a one-on-one meeting with Richard about your questions?  Email him at elyouthcorps@gmail.com.

 

Important dates:

Nov 2 & 16:  Presentations by Richard about the Youth Corps.  Open to everyone.  Lawrence Public Library, downstairs meeting room, 3:30-5.

Nov 4 & 18:  One-one-one consultation with Richard.  Open to everyone, but best to email for a timeslot.  Lawrence Public Library, upstairs study room, 4-6pm. 

November 25: Applications due

December 11: Projects selected

May 1, 2020: Projects completed

June 10, 2020: Final report

 

ARTIST ASSISTANTS

(CLOSED) Artist Assistants -- 10 Assistant Positions, hired at $2,000 ea, paid in 6 month increments.

Full job description and application downloadable (and sharable) here.  Submit an application electronically with this form: 

Artist Assistants will work from hire through the end of the grant term (June 2020). 

If an Artist Assistant’s initial project reaches completion before the end of term, or if the Assistant’s work is just no longer needed on the project, the Artist Assistant will have the opportunity to continue work on a different project.  Specific duties of the Assistant will be determined by each project Artist.  The Rebuilding East Ninth Together Team will ask that Assistants attend the bi-monthly Artist/Team meetings, unless otherwise indicated by the supervising Artist.

 

Assistants will be awarded to Artists on a first-come, first-served basis.  In order to be respectful of both Artist and Assistant time, Artists will please be mindful if they have an actual need for an assistant or not.  Artists, if you don’t need an assistant, don’t ask for one.

 

Mentorship in the Artist/Assistant relationship is ideal.  If an Artist has in mind an emerging artist they’d like to mentor, the emerging artist can be encouraged to apply for an Assistant position.  Preference will be given for applications with a mentor relationship between Artist and Assistant.  An Artist is also free to encourage any fellow artist they’d like to work with to apply for an Assistant position. 

 

As such, an Artist has a recruitment role in the hiring of an Assistant, but in order to ensure the Assistant is a good fit for the project whole, and can be suitable across projects, our Rebuilding East Ninth Together Project Team will assume ultimate hiring responsibility. 

Thanks for your applications, friends!  We hired 10 fantastic folks to assist the artists with their projects.  Look for their work as the projects progress.  

RESIDENT SPECIALISTS

(CLOSED) Resident Specialists -- 5 Resident Specialists needed, please apply by January 22nd.

Full job description and application requirements here.

The Rebuilding East Ninth Team is pleased to announce that neighbors Marty Olson, Judy Romero, Brenda Nuñez, Janet Good, and Charlotte Pessoni have all agreed to serve as our Resident Specialists to the project.  Each was selected for his or her personal expertise, unique knowledge and skills, and deep connection to the neighborhood. As stated in the job description, the Resident Specialists will support artists and the project by sharing personal histories, collecting oral histories, and researching East Lawrence’s rich past. We look forward to working with them!

RFPs

PHASE TWO:  RESEARCH

ARTISTS

(CLOSED) Research Phase Artists -- 

Five art projects will be selected for this Research Phase.  The deadline to submit a proposal is April 5th, 2019 with a project completion date of April 19, 2020. The payment for each accepted project is $13,500, to be paid in 4 installments.  Initial payment can be invoiced upon contract approval. Lack of capital for up-front expenses should not be a barrier to application.

We are committed to attracting creative individuals from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds. Artists from all mediums, traditional to unorthodox, as well as emerging artists who are new to the field of public art are encouraged to apply. There are no residency requirements for this opportunity, but applicants should be aware that the project is community based and will require a connection to or an understanding of the East Lawrence neighborhood.

Please read the entire RFP  plus Budget Worksheet pdf  or Excel  (for your convenience) with details on how to submit a proposal.  

For reference in composing your proposal, please consider reviewing the juror criteria for project selection.  You may also contact any Resident Specialist to collect background or historical information. 

Looking for guidance on mural and sculpture criteria about safety and durability standards? You can find relative information in the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission handbook.  

Support and mentorship is available.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns to Project Facilitator Mandy Enfield 9thstreetmandy@gmail.com, or any team member.  

Research Phase Artists have been selected! See the Artists/Projects page for details on the artists and the projects they've been selected to complete.  

PHASE THREE:  PATHWAYS

ARTISTS

(CLOSED) Pathyways Phase Artists -- 

Five art projects will be selected for this Pathways Phase.  The deadline to submit a proposal is May 10th, 2019 with an absolute project completion date of May 15th, 2020. The payment for each accepted project is $13,500, to be paid in 4 installments.  Initial payment can be invoiced upon contract approval. Lack of capital for up-front expenses should not be a barrier to application.

A Pathways project is distinguished from Research projects in that The Pathways Phase is about looking forward toward the future of East Lawrence.  Projects selected for Pathways, ideally, would be informed by projects and information in the Research Phase and model new strategies for inclusive co-design, equitable planning, and open communication. Please reference the Rebuilding East Ninth Together document for more detailed information about the parts of the project.

Please read the entire RFP plus Budget Excel  (for your convenience) with details on how to submit a proposal.  

For reference in composing your proposal, you may wish to consult the juror selection criteria for the project.  You are encouraged to review feedback from Listening Sessions One, Two, and Three.  You may also contact any Resident Specialist to collect background or historical information. 

Looking for guidance on mural and sculpture criteria about safety and durability standards? You can find relative information in the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission handbook.  

Support and mentorship is available.  Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns to Project Facilitator Mandy Enfield 9thstreetmandy@gmail.com, or any team member.  

Pathways Phase Artists have been selected! See the Artists/Projects page for details on the artists and the projects they've been selected to complete.  

If your Rebuilding East Ninth Project proposal was not selected, please consider submitting your work (you've already done so much work!) to another grant process.  Here are a few area funding sources you could pursue:

Rocket Grants- Much of the 9th Street Project was based on the Rocket Grant model.  Your proposals can be quickly modified for this program. Julia Cole, principal, offers support (like workshops and videos on how to make your budget) and even comes to Lawrence to meet with potential applicants.  The website is amazing and has links to past projects. Check it out!

InterchangeMidAmerica Arts Alliance- SUCH A COOL NEW GRANT!  Many 9th Street Project proposals are very well suited for this application.  Think on it and reach out to MAAA. The Interchange program too has a mentoring component to support emerging artists! 

The City of Lawrence’s Public Art page offers ongoing notice of area calls for art.  Scroll down the page to find the "Subscription List -- Calls for Public Art" segment.  Sign up there and you'll receive regular emails with regional artist opportunities.

The Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant Awards offers small grants for projects centered on telling nationally significant stories from our area of the Midwest.  So many projects from the Research phase would easily fit the values of these funds. 

Douglas County Heritage Grants- These are intimidatingly large grants! But, a partnership among projects could be powerful contender.  9th Street has some great potential for collaboration among proposals.

Mural Arts Philadelphia always has art opportunities, and pay well. They have branched out into all kinds of Community Based Public Art.  Go to:  https://www.muralarts.org/events/

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