WANTED: Local Artists To Help In Development Of New I AM A MAN Plaza

(URBAN ART COMMISSION RELEASE) - Memphis, Tenn. - The UrbanArt Commission (UAC), in partnership with the City of Memphis (COM), is pleased to announce a call for artists to design and fabricate an art installation in conjunction with the development of I AM A MAN Plaza. The plaza and accompanying art installation will serve as a focal point of a city-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death in April 1968.

The selected artist will work closely with a landscape architect in coordinating the plaza design with the art installation. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Acknowledge the historical significance of Memphis, the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s strike and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement, particularly involving the phrase I Am A Man
  • Provide visitors with the ability to interact with the art through tactile or technological elements or other methods
  • Create an experience that residents and tourists will want to revisit
  • Create a space for peaceful protest and positive change
  • Inspire future generations to stand up for social justice and positive change

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture projects.

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Applicants are expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. The finished project must require as minimal regular maintenance as possible. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artists or artists teams selected are expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project, including the community.

UAC and COM rigorously pursue excellence in equity and inclusion. To this end, applications from ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples, and women are encouraged. As well, it is expected that the selected artist work with minority and female artists, contractors, and/or subcontractors in the project development.

UAC was founded in 1997 with the mission of enhancing the cultural vibrancy of communities through the development of public art. UAC works with a number of different partners including the City of Memphis, various arts and community organizations and neighborhood associations to commission artists of all media to consider shared spaces and experiences.

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