In January, we introduced you to Nulu’s new art curator, Jennifer McGregor, who will be overseeing the neighborhood‘s first public art installation. Well, it turns out that installation might just be made by you. The Nulu Business Association (NBA), the Louisville Commission on Public Art (COPA), and the Louisville Downtown Partnership are calling for artists for the so-called Nulu Art 16 project through May 11. According to the announcement:
The NBA and partnering agencies will identify public art opportunities and implement projects. Several pools of interested artists will be identified to be considered for the following types of projects:
· Sculpture, commissioned long‐term and temporary installations
· Urban environmental artworks, particularly related to stormwater management within the context of the design parameters created for the streetscape project
· Community-based projects that engage or interpret
· Sound, video and light installations
· Projects engaging social spaces that will be created through the streetscape plan
· Temporary Interim projects that indicate the East Market Street is OPEN FOR BUSINESS during streetscape construction (January 2016–September 2016)
The art installation will be installed in 2016, coinciding with a new streetscape along East Market Street that’s scheduled to get underway in just a couple months. The NBA has said it wants to commission several projects priced between $25,000 and $250,000 over a two-year period, curated by McGregor, as part of its new streetscape. Projects will be paid for with private funds. Artists chosen to submit actual ideas—to be announced in July—will receive a $1,500 stipend for their work.
From the Request for Qualifications (RFQ):
The East Market Streetscape project is one of strategy and development—a plan that encompasses the feelings of its people and the direction forged by its landscape, architecture, and culture. The 10‐block section that is being designed serves as a foundation for development throughout the East Market District and in fact has become part of comprehensive downtown development connectivity. The endeavor to improve economic development through tourism, increased business participation, and destination businesses has been paramount with the streetscape strategies and physical development. Creating uniqueness in the District without compromise to the current character is the vision of the Districts users, residents, businesses, and City officials. A destination street since Louisville’s founding, Market Street has played host to a variety of businesses throughout the city’s history that have drawn Louisvillians for generations to this emerging hip, arts and entertainment district.