$90,000 Project Open to Artists in Austin and Neighboring Counties
AUSTIN, TEXAS—December 1— Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks to commission a professional artist, or artist team, to create artwork for a new combined Fire and EMS Station that will serve the Onion Creek area. The project has a total budget of $90,000, and is open to visual artists who live or work in Austin and neighboring Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties. The application deadline is 5:00PM (CST), Thursday, January 12, 2017.
The City of Austin will open AFD/EMS Station #47 at 11112 Old San Antonio Road, located 10 miles south of downtown. This public art opportunity is to create an artwork that addresses the station’s parking lot enclosure, which will be visible to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, facing Old San Antonio Road and FM 1626. The selected artist, or artist team, will work with City staff, the project design team, and project stakeholders to develop an artwork that reflects the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Services mission to create safer communities through prevention, preparedness and effective emergency response. The artwork shall:
reflect the dignity and importance of the work of Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services
address the City’s first responders’ commitment to the community
physically and conceptually accessible to first responders, passers-by and station visitors— especially children
easily maintained and vandal resistant in an exterior environment
contribute to the depth and breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection
Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM (CST) on Thursday, January 12, 2017, through www.PublicArtist.org, the online application system used by Art in Public Places. An Artist Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-6:30PM, at the Cultural Arts Division offices at 201 E. 2nd Street (Austin, TX). AIPP staff and project representatives from Public Works, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services will be available to answer questions. AIPP staff will also be available to assist applicants during Open Office Hours on Friday, December 16, 2:00-4:00PM at the Cultural Arts Division. Parking for both meetings, and which AIPP will validate, is available in the Convention Center Garage located on Brazos Street between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets.
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.
The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.
Designer rendering of new AFD/EMS Station #47
Brown Reynolds Waterford Architects, Inc.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701