ARTic Lights & Libations is Saturday, December 8! Downtown HallockART – local artists will have art on display for sale at Zedge Beauty Lounge. Want to sell your art? Contact Alaina at firstname.lastname@example.org. 6-9pm. Other businesses may be open with art for sale.LIGHTS – Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged with top three winners announced; a guided tour will leave from the gazebo every 20-30 mins from 6-9PM.LIBATIONS – A variety of business will be pouring special drinks and/or offering hot beverages for their customers/guests from 6-9 pm.ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS – Shamrock Lanes & Grill is hosting ornament decorating for kids from 3-5pm. Santa will be coming to the Bean & Brush at 5:30 pm.
Water Themed Sculptures & Mural
Public Art Opportunity
in Grand Rapids
The Arts and Culture Commission received a Downtown Business Corridor Grant from the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to develop a highly visible and creative project that generates excitement, encourages citizen engagement, and engenders visible improvements. The Arts and Culture Commission’s projects will consist of three sculptures and one mural. The Commission would like to use this public art initiative to acknowledge and honor either:
- the significant relationship that historical and contemporary Ojibwe and/or Dakota people have with this area, OR
- the local flora, fauna, and natural elements that are important to the region’s ecosystem and communities
The Mural Project
One artist/artist team will be commissioned to create one mural in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is facilitating the design and creation of a mural to be located in downtown Grand Rapids. The budget for the mural is $20,000. This do-not-exceed amount must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance. More information about the site will be made available to the selected artist[s].
- Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams residing in the state of Minnesota, with special preference given to artists from Northern MN.
- Applicant must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.
The Sculpture Project
This Request for Qualifications is for the three water-themed sculptures. Water plays a critical role in the community’s quality of life—from the Mississippi River, to the many lakes in the region, water is central to the City’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, as well as to public health and safety. In addition, it is important to honor the significance that water has had for the region’s diverse communities and, in particular, critical for Ojibwe and Dakota people, who understand that “water is life.” Knowing what a watershed is, where our water comes from and goes to, and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important, but rarely understood.
This public art initiative will raise awareness of both the many water resources available to Grand Rapids, and the everyday actions citizens and businesses can take to improve water quality.
One artist will be commissioned to create three sculptures which will be sited throughout the City.
The budget for all three sculptures is $30,000. The selected artist/team can determine the budget for each artwork, as long as the total for all expenses does not exceed this amount (must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance). More information about the sites will be made available to the selected artist[s].
Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: email@example.com. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Monday, November 26, 2018. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or further information, contact Tom Pagel, City Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org- rapids.mn.us or 218.326.7626
Please visit https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/9-articles/847-arts-and-culture-commission-looking-for-artists for more information about both projects.
Join us in celebrating
National Arts In Education Week September 9-15
Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.
In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.
In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.
This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!
After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.
- Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
- Send a tweet. Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
- Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.