NMCRA Call to Artists

By: CultureOwl
Visual Arts
NMCRA Call to Artists

The North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, through its Arts in Public Places program, seeks to commission the design of original works of art for its Public Utility Box initiative, turning the drab into attractive pieces of public art reflective of the City’s mosaic as well as its longstanding support of the arts.

Created in 1946 and named for the City’s cofounder, Arthur Mertlow Griffing, the park is located on the aptly named Griffing Boulevard, between NE 123rd Street and West Dixie Highway, Griffing Park is a short walk from the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), the North Miami City Hall and the MoCA Plaza—the heart of the City’s downtown core. And, directly across the boulevard from the park, a community center shares the lot with a shuffleboard court as well as a small concrete structure.

We’re all about the heART of the city, and as such, are transforming Griffing Park, a 5.4-acre triangular oasis in Downtown North Miami, using designs and vibrant colors reflective of the area’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. 

NMCRA seeks to commission original art for its Public Utility Box art initiative, turning the drab into attractive pieces of public art reflective of the City’s diversity and longstanding support of the arts. NMCRA is accepting proposals, each of which may include up to five (5) digital images and two (2) distinct design concepts to include artwork as depicted in ATTACHMENT A.

The jurors seek designs to create a vibrant yet relaxing nature-infused experience for guests. Works of art will be printed on vinyl and installed by a contracted vendor. The installation will remain in place for up to five (5) years. 

It sits in welcome, a majestic Banyan tree an anchor in the 5.4-acre greenspace known as Griffing Park. Abutting the Biscayne Canal, the park is a triangular oasis, boasting lush foliage, including oak, mahogany and Sabal Palm trees. Four concrete benches, six (6) utility boxes, one (1) single-story concrete building/pavilion and two smaller single-story utility buildings, help define the park. So too, and perhaps more importantly, does the Memorial Plaza, site of some of the city’s most solemn celebrations, Memorial and Veterans days. 

Interested? Find the application and more information here.

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