CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Program (LAP) at Montalvo Arts Center, in partnership with SV Creates, is seeking proposals for a new project-based Artist-in-Residency program at Santa Clara's Valley Medical Centers (VMC) Women & Children's Hospital Wing. This newly renovated facility, which is dedicated to pediatric, newborn, and women's health, is seeking a resident artist to develop a forward-thinking, innovative project that takes inspiration from the patients, staff, and visitors at the new Women & Children's Center at VMC--our county's "safety net" hospital. Upon completion, an extraordinary final artwork will be created and installed in the hospital, allowing for continued public access.
Artist-in-Residency Proposal Considerations
In 2014, SVC was invited to lead a collaborative team to infuse the Women & Children’s Center at VMC with creative spaces and programs that inspire joy and learning, resonate with the community, and reflect Silicon Valley culture, supporting the vision of VMC to become a national model for maternal care.
Montalvo’s LAP and SV Creates (the Creative Team) seek to identify an artist to come into residence at the Women & Children’s Center at VMC in 2018 and propose methods to engage the stories of patients, staff and visitors. This residency will culminate in an artwork that will give voice to the many human journeys that the Center supports. These could include: The journey of an expectant mother; the late nights spent by family members of a newborn in intensive care; seeing the world through a toddler’s eyes; expressing the emotional states of a breast cancer patient. The final artwork is expected to be installed in the fall of 2018 and remain situated within the hospital, allowing for continued public access beyond the residency.
During the spring of 2018, the selected artist will begin the residency and will work in collaboration with the Creative Team to coordinate access to the Women & Children’s Center patients, staff and visitors to engage the creative process and gather stories, information, or other appropriate content as identified within the selected proposal. The proposal will include a concept for the development of an artwork that is transformative and inspires wonder and sparks discovery, “with a touch of magic.”
The resident artist’s engagement may include small group discussions, one-on-one conversations, submissions of personal contributions, and more. The majority of the creative process may take place on-site at the hospital, while any fabrication can take place in a space provided by the partner organizations, or in the artist’s studio. The resulting project, to be reviewed and approved by the creative team, should be an extraordinary artwork or installation, which may have a participatory element, and will be situated in the hospital. The final artwork will be installed and unveiled at the Women & Children’s Center in 2018.
Montalvo Arts Center's Lucas Artists Program
Montalvo is one of Silicon Valley's most important cultural assets and among the nation's architectural treasures. A vibrant, multidisciplinary arts center, its grounds feature two theaters, a historic 106-year-old villa and outbuildings, a 176-acre public park, and the ten-acre Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency complex. The Lucas Artists Program (LAP) is central to Montalvo’s mission to engage people in the creative process, acting as a catalyst for exploring the arts, unleashing creativity, and advancing different cultural and cross-cultural perspectives.
The LAP is a creative incubator and cultural producer dedicated to investing in artists and nurturing their development and growth. The LAP supports artists from all creative disciplines and geographical locations to create and present new and experimental work and undertake critical investigations of contemporary issues. The program regularly commissions artists working in and across all disciplines to create new and innovative work.
Silicon Valley Creates
Silicon Valley (SV) Creates is a network of conveners, promoters, incubators, and investors who care about the creative ecosystem as well as the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Silicon Valley. With a mission to accelerate Silicon Valley’s creative culture, SV Creates helps to build the creative sector’s capacity, raise the value and visibility of the creative sector, and increase access to arts and creativity. SV Creates believes that arts and creativity connect us to our heritage, to humanity, and to each other, fuel innovation and 21st century skills, help shape our identity and deepen attachment to place, foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and bring beauty, joy, and learning to our lives.
Total project budget (to include artist’s fee, materials, shipping and installation): $9,000
Sites under consideration for the installation of the completed artwork include, but may not be limited to:
The Creative Team invites proposals that take into consideration the hospital setting, family usage, gathering space and safety, while inviting ideas that are dynamic, playful, and encourage curiosity and joy.
The Artist-in-Residence will serve the VMC community, including in- and out-patients, their families and visitors, and hospital staff through the creative process and the development of a transformational work of art that will remain on view in the Women & Children’s Wing of VMC.
This RFP is open to artists living/working in the Bay Area.
The successful proposal will detail a compelling vision for the artist’s residency within the Women & Children’s Center of VMC, give clear ideas for engagement of the hospital’s population, and provide a clear and compelling concept for the resulting artwork.
The selected artist may have a proven track record in working in community, site-specifically, and collaboratively. The quality of the artist’s previous body of work will be an important consideration in the final selection.
All proposals will be reviewed by a panel that includes the Creative Team, their staff colleagues and representatives of VMC and the Women & Children’s Center.
Please apply via SlideRoom (an online applications portal) no later than 5pm Pacific Standard Time on February 16, 2018. To access SlideRoom, please click here.
Within SlideRoom you will be prompted to provide the following:
RFP Announcement: January 8, 2017
Submission Deadline: February 16, 2018
Announcement of Selected Artist: March 26, 2018
Project Development: April-August 2018
Fabrication and Installation: (TBD) September-November 2018