Public Art has an incredible impact within a community and none more so than within a school setting; here it becomes a part of the educational experience of every student who interacts with it daily throughout their time at any given school.
With this in mind, the Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in New England, with a preference for Maine artists, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Chelsea Elementary School Percent for Art site in Chelsea, Maine. The total project budget is $43,500 and the submission deadline is January 10, 2011.
The Town of Chelsea is located in central Maine near the state capital of Augusta. It is a rural community steeped in a history of farming and agriculture with a traditional Maine ambiance centered on its natural surroundings. The new school is envisioned as a central point of its aspirations for the future. As well as being an elementary school, it will also serve as a community center and gathering place to serve the region as a multi-purpose facility.
There are several areas within the school that artists may address in their proposals. The interior offers the front hallway/entrance/atrium, the cafeteria, the Second floor entrance over the gymnasium, or the library's central soffit along the ceiling, side soffits and windows.
Proposals for the exterior could include three grassy areas near the front entrance, the library side area, or the cafeteria area in front of the exterior windows.
There is approximately $43,500 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist more than one or an artist team. An artist budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.
The full prospectus, including all images and floor plans, can be found on the Maine Arts Commission's website, MaineArts.com.