Traffic Box Project

Allied Arts Council now accepting applications for a South St. Joseph Traffic Box Project.

ST. JOSEPH, MO-   Calling all artists! The City of St. Joseph, South St. Joseph Development Corporation, and the Allied Arts Council invite artists to apply for the traffic box public art project. The goal is to create and paint art on traffic signal boxes that contributes significantly to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape.  The successful submission will reflect the ethnic diversity and culture of a meatpacking town created by the industries of the past, which now embraces the future with new diversity, and culture.

Located at the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Illinois Avenue this is the first partnership between the Allied Arts Council and the South St. Joseph Development Corporation. South St. Joseph Development Corporation Project Manager Martha Clark said she and the board look forward to working with the Arts Council to expand the arts to the Junction Revitalization area.

Allied Arts Council Executive Director Teresa Fankhauser welcomes the opportunity to expand the Council’s public art program to other parts of the City.

The Project

The Allied Arts Council invites artists to apply for a public art project to create art on a  traffic signal box at the Junction in South St. Joseph. The goal of the project is to decrease the instances of graffiti, while making it an artful object that contributes significantly to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. The project is a cooperative effort between the South St. Joseph Development Corporation, the Allied Arts Council and the City of St. Joseph.

The traffic signal box to be addressed is located at the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Illinois Avenue. Approximate dimensions are 55” H X 38/1/8” W X 26” D. Interested artists should submit a design proposal as well as qualifications (see Selection Process and Applicant Information) by May 30, 2018.

The Budget

The total budget for the Traffic Box Art project shall not exceed $2,000. That includes an artist honorarium of $1,500 and an allowance for materials up to $500. The Allied Arts Council will provide a designated primer and graffiti coat sealant, both of which must be used. (Part of the $500 material allowance will go toward purchase of primer and sealant.)

Application Process and Design Criteria

♦ The artwork should reflect the ethnic diversity and culture of a meatpacking town created by the industries of the past which now embraces the future with new diversity and culture.
♦ Use the template provided to propose a design concept. Be aware that some changes to the design may be required to accommodate site requirements. 
♦ Design must include all visible sides of the traffic signal box.
♦ Designs must not be offensive or contain any representation of traffic lights, signs, or signals.
♦ If the design is to include text, it must be included in the design.
♦ The traffic signal box may not be used for advertisement or to promote a business, product, or viewpoint.
♦ Designs may not include a breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, images of illegal activity or involve the attachment of any object(s) to the box.
♦ Because this program aims to deter graffiti vandalism, designs should not mimic or take the style of tags or graffiti.
♦ The finished artwork will be in the public domain and therefore may be vandalized. Accordingly, artists should be thoughtful about having large open areas in the design – for example, large areas of blue sky might give a vandal the perfect spot to deface the work.
♦Designs should not include painting any elements other than the traffic signal box. This includes the pole to which the traffic signal box is attached.

Application Checklist
q Résumé including biography
q Reference contact information
q Template design for each design submitted, if more than one
q Basic design statement, for each design submitted, if more than one

Mail Submissions, postmarked by May 30, 2018 to:
Allied Arts Council, 118 South 8th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501

Hand Deliver Submissions by 4:00 p.m. May 30, 2018 to:
Allied Arts Council, 118 South 8th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501

The South St. Joseph Development Corporation, the Allied Arts Council and the City of St. Joseph assume no responsibility for loss or damage to submissions.

Inquiries Teresa Fankhauser, Allied Arts Council, 816-233-0231 teresa.fankhauser@stjoearts.org

Terms, Conditions & Reservation of Rights

The request for Proposals does not commit the South St. Joseph Development Corporation, Allied Arts Council or the City of St. Joseph to enter into an agreement with any applicant and is not an offer for contract. All Allied Arts Council programs are contingent upon availability of funds. At its sole discretion, Allied Arts Council may reject any or all applications, may modify or terminate the application or selection processes and without prior notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, applicant shall retain all copyright in the work which may be held by applicant. The applicant certifies that the information contained in the application is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge. South St. Joseph Development Corporation, Allied Arts Council or the City of St. Joseph are not responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted. Failure to comply with all requirements of the RFP will constitute an invalid application. Allied Arts Council reserves the right at any time to supplement, amend or otherwise modify this solicitation and to request additional information from any participating artists for any reason and without prior notice. In addition, Allied Arts Council reserves the right to accept or reject at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals; to waive any defect or technicality; and to advertise for new requests for qualifications. 

Past Boxes


2017  Traffic Box Project Photo


 


2016 Traffic Box Project Photo:
 

Check out the photos from the 2014 Traffic Box Project

 
Check out the photos from the 2013 Traffic Box Project

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