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The City of Durango is searching for a lead artist for the Artworks Grant

The City of Durango is in search of a lead artist to join the project team for the National Endowment for the Arts, Artworks Grant. We invite all interested artists, or groups of artists, to submit proposals for this project. The Lead Artist will be responsible for working with the project team, City staff and the community to develop a sculpture concept and to organize a plan for execution and installation. The community based, public art project is for the medians at the intersection of US 160 and US 550. The purpose of this public art project is to encourage community engagement through public art. This project will garner participation from all ages of community members to create a gateway sculpture to Durango.

Under the direction of a lead artist, students from local schools and members of the public will be given the opportunity to help create elements of a multicomponent sculpture through structured art classes and workshops. This allows the community to collaborate and create a sculpture reflective of Durango’s unique character which will be displayed at the entrance to the city. In the process, the classes teach a variety of skills, such as ceramics, mosaics, design, welding, etc. The project's goal is to strengthen community bonds while creating one-of-a-kind public art.

Click here for the full Call For Artist and application instructions.

Please direct your questions to Colleen O'Brien at (970) 375-4855 or via email.

Questions and Answers:

Q1. W
hat are the dimensions of the medians? Also, what is underneath the rock fill in the middle of the medians currently?

A1. Here is a great mapping tool. If you click on the tools tab you can measure specific areas. http://gis-server/DurangoJS/ 
The medians are dirt, a layer of weed barrier and rocks.

Northern median:
Approximately 10ft wide
Approximately 370 ft long

Southern Median:
Approximately 10 ft wide
Approximately 410 ft wide

Q2. How do the workshops work? Who pays for utilities, equipment etc?

A2. 
Workshops/creating the art- There are 2 different types of workshops. 

1. Workshops for students. They will work on the art as part of their school curriculum during the school year '18-'19. We have a Durango High School art teacher on the project team and they will help coordinate student involvement. We will have access to the equipment and facilities at the associated schools. The teachers will lead these workshops with direction from the lead artist. Note the High school has a welding class and they can be involved in the project.

2.  The second workshops are open to the community. These can be held at the artist's studio, at public facility, maybe the Makerspace etc. It will depend on the type of work and the project. 

Keep in mind there is an entire project team supporting the Lead Artist. We are here to help coordinate details, share resources and create partners. 

One of the challenges for the artist is to determine how the community participates in creating the art. You will need to take into account skill levels, equipment, accessibility etc.  Strategically choosing which aspects of the project the community creates is important. You should consider costs, potential facilities and the ability of the general public.


Q3. How does the process work and how is the community involved? 
A3. The project team wants to leave the process and role of the community up to the artist. We want to respect that each artist has their own process and abilities. So we are asking the artist to create a process that works for them and also incorporates the community and the goals of the grant. 

The project team has created the process for the lead artist selection which involves the community. After the artist is chosen they take the lead and decide the role of the community and the process.

For the artist selection, the project team will narrow it down to 3 finalists and the 3 finalists will present their concept and process to the community. The community will then vote for their favorite project.  

Q4.    Do you have drawings to indicate CDOT's clear zones? or the dimensions of the potential art space on the medians?

A4. We do not have a drawing to indicate CDOTs clear zones. See A1 for the dimensions of the medians.

Q5. 
  What is the maximum height of the art? (The CDOT requirements mention a 20’ height limit in their guidelines.)

A5. We did not set any height limits. The only requirements are CDOTs. It is important the concept takes into account the context of the Art and what is appropriate for that space. 

Q6.  Should welding labor costs be included in the budget, since the Durango High School arts and welding teachers will be partners in this project?

A6. The artist will have to determine what aspects of the project are appropriate for a High School welding class. Durango High School is a partner. If there are welding needs that do not incorporate the students, the artist will have to budget for those costs.  

Q7.  When the time comes, can you provide a list of recommended/preferred professional engineers for the PE stamp?

A7. We do not have a recommended or preferred list of professional engineers. However, there are multiple local engineers who can provide this service. 











Photo of Parade Formation sculpture