New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee for City of Santa Fe seek an artist or artist team to create an interior site-specific commission project in collaboration with the community, at the new Santa Fe Southside Teen Center, set for completion in 2022. The Local Selection Committee has a budget of $50,100 and seeks one or more site-specific artworks.
The committee is interested in artworks in the main lobby/lounge area which will feature an area for performances and/or a game room. Photographs and plans of the area are provided for reference. The committee is looking for an artwork or artworks that promote connectivity and create an authentic sense of place for all users of the space, particularly community youth. Project ideas can engage the walls, ceiling, or other interior spaces. All artistic media are encouraged that support the welcoming environment of the center as a place to gather, mentor, learn, and express interests through multidisciplinary programs and activities. For inspiration, artists are encouraged to explore the activities of the center, the cultural diversity of Santa Fe, NM and the role the arts play in community engagement. Artists are also asked to demonstrate how they would engage community members and local youth in the creation of the artwork. The committee’s goal is to create a sense of place and harness the energy of the center as a fluid, dynamic, and interactive space that fosters innovative programming for users.
The committee would like artists to consider the following:
- The artwork should activate the main lobby and/or the adjacent game room area.
- The artwork should create a sense of place and invite users into the space.
- Artworks should consider activity of the center, proximity to performance spaces, and access by youth users.
- Suspended artworks, artworks that use interior walls, and new media works will be considered.
- The artwork creation process should incorporate a meaningful community engagement component.
- *Artworks that incorporate water features or elements will not be considered.
Media must be durable, low maintenance, permanent, safe for both children and adults and be ADA compliant. At the selected artist’s expense, the artwork may require certification by an electrical, civil and/or structural engineer licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, and review by a professional fine art conservator.
This opportunity is open to all artists or artist teams in all stages of their career working in New Mexico. Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget. Artists with a strong connection to Santa Fe or rich background in community work with youth populations are encouraged to apply.