Request for Proposal - Arts in Community Awards: Resilience
The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) will issue 50 awards at $2,000 each to fund proposals for public art projects, events, or activities that contribute to the vitality, unique identity, and livability of the Athens community. The deadline to apply is August 7, 2020. Projects/events/activities must be completed by June 30, 2021.
The Arts in Community Awards program (formerly the Arts in Community Grant program) has funded public art projects and events since it was established in 2016. Funding amounts and number of awards may vary year to year. This is the second round of Arts in Community Awards issued in 2020; this AICA round is subtitled Resilience, which distinguishes it from the previous cycle.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis of 2020, the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved funds from the ACC Resiliency Package to expand the existing Arts in Community Award program, in order to contribute to the revitalization of the community through public art.
Proposals will be evaluated by an ACAC subcommittee, according to the following criteria. Each item carries a weighted percentage (e.g. 40%). Each proposal will be evaluated and scored from 0-100 based on these criteria. Funds will be allocated to the top scoring proposals.
- 40%: Community Impact | Demonstration of public benefit; clarity of the target audience; public accessibility; enrichment of and contribution to local identity; reflection of our creative, culturally diverse community
- 30%: Quality of the Arts Experience | Previous experience of lead artist(s); artistic merit of the concept; encouragement of public participation and interaction with public art; demonstration of new and impactful concepts in public art, etc.
- 20%: Financial Impact from COVID-19 | Loss of a job; % of total income lost; etc.
- 10%: General Preparedness of the Application | Clarity; thoroughness; adherence to all RFP requirements
- Only individuals, art teams or collectives, and nonprofit organizations who reside and work in Athens, Georgia are eligible to apply.
- Any art form is acceptable, including (but not limited to) the visual, film, culinary, music, and movement arts.
- Those who have already received an Arts in Community Award/Grant in 2020 are not eligible to apply for the current AICA–R round. (Members of the ACAC are not eligible to apply.)
Conditions for Organization Ineligibility
There are a number of categories a municipality cannot fund on behalf of nonprofits and community organizations. ACAC cannot fund:
- Fundraisers on behalf of other organizations.
- Capital support or any significant equipment that will be used by the organization on a recurring basis beyond the life of any ACAC-funded project.
- Organizations that do not have a strong contingency plan for this public project/event/activity.
Each winning proposal will be funded $2,000, regardless of whether it is submitted by an individual, team/collective, or nonprofit organization. All funded proposals will be subject to progress reporting requirements, facilitated by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission
The following timeline is an estimate and may be changed, but is current as of this call:
- Application deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020
- ACAC subcommittee selects award winners: August 21, 2020
- Applicants will be notified of their status: August 24, 2020
- Funds will be disbursed within this date window: August 31 - September 9, 2020
- Proposed project/event/activity completion date: by June 30, 2021
Arts in Community Awards: Resilience Submissions:
All proposals must be submitted to Athens-Clarke County’s online system of calls for entry, care of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC).
All of the following must accompany your submission to be considered by a citizen selection panel:
- Applicant contact information.
- Detailed description of the proposed project/event/activity, including:
- artistic media(s), location and/or platform (including digital);
- if an event, the date(s) and time(s);
- how the public will interact with the project/event/activity (within social distancing guidelines, including a contingency plan);
- promotional plan (including acknowledgment of Athens-Clarke County Unified Government as funder); and
- the impact (if any) of COVID-19 on your ability to execute the project/event/activity.
- Resumé and biographical statement of the Project Lead and/or lead artist.