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Public Art and Design - Broward County - Illustration

 Call To Artists



Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club Mural

Due: September 24, 2018
Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design program in collaboration with the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team for a site specific exterior mural. The primary site for the mural is the south exterior wall of the Boys and Girls Club. The selected artist or artist team may also address the building's north façade.
Project Goal
The commissioned artwork should reflect Boys and Girls Club's core values: good character, citizenship, healthy lifestyle. The artwork should promote a sense of unity within the community, improve visibility of the facility, provide identity for activities that take place at the facility, and serve to empower and inspire the surrounding neighborhoods. The artwork should enhance the aesthetic appeal of the building and be a source of community pride. It is envisioned that the artwork will create a welcoming atmosphere for Boys and Girls Club members and onlookers alike.

Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County joined the national organization in 1965 and has grown along with the movement. It now has 12 facilities with a membership of over 12,700 youth, making it one of the largest Boys & Girls Club organizations in the nation. The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County (BGCBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) private agency and relies on funds raised by the Board of Directors, through special events, general donations, corporate sponsors, grants, endowments, and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.

The organization's mission is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."

Boys & Girls Club's activities are organized into 3 Core Youth Program areas including:
Academic Success: Enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career.Good Character & Citizenship: Empower youth to support and influence their Club and Community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process and respect their own and others' cultural identities.Healthy Lifestyles: Develop young people's capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Supported by many of the most prominent members of the community, BGCBC is proud to be the 5th largest Club in the nation.
Project Description
The artwork shall be a painted mural. Located on Broward Blvd, the south wall of the building measures approximately 20' h X 53'w. It's envisioned that the mural will cover the entire surface and maintain the Boys and Girls Club's identifying signage. The artwork must be low maintenance and generate an awareness of the attributes of Boys and Girls Club of Broward County through a contemporary artistic approach. The artwork will be spatially integrated into the site and must not create an obstruction or distraction for pedestrians or vehicles. There may be additional opportunities for the selected artist or artist team to address the north side of the building, within the existing budget.
The selected artist(s) may be required to conduct community engagement activities with the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club members prior to implementing the approved artwork design. Engagement may include creative dialogues, workshops, structured meetings, charrettes, or any other face-to-face outreach activity envisioned by the artist.
The selection process includes an "art slam" event in which selected eligible artists will be invited to tour the site, meet the faculty and students, and thereafter will be given approximately 48 hours to create a design for submission to the Cultural Division for presentation to the Artist Selection Panel.
Site Description
The Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club is located at 3025 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. The facility is sited along a major east-west vehicular corridor and the mural will be seen by thousands of people each day. A sidewalk runs directly adjacent to the building along Broward Blvd. Interested artists should determine in advance of submitting a design for consideration, how they will implement the mural from the sidewalk, as Broward Blvd cannot be closed to vehicular traffic. The main entrance to the facility is NW 1st Street and the door opening onto W Broward Blvd is used infrequently.
Locations for Artwork
Front.  ~20' h x ~53'  all dimensions approximate
Rear (optional). ~20' h x ~53' all dimensions approximate
Artist Selection/ Application Process
The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) shall review the applications for the Call to Artists. This Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, and an agency and community representative. The Panel, through the staff, will review the applications and select a shortlist of artists who will be invited to tour the site and present a concept to the Panel. Finalists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) one full business day prior to the scheduled date of the presentation. An artist and alternate will be selected based on the excellence of past work of similar scope as demonstrated by the visuals, community engagement plan, and other submission materials. The recommendation of the Artist Selection Panel will be reviewed and approved by the Public Art & Design Committee and the Broward Cultural Council.
Project Budget
The total budget established for the project is not to exceed $14,000. The budget includes but is not limited to: meeting attendance, materials, all paints and coatings, lifts, installation, community engagement activities, insurance, travel and all applicable taxes.
Artist Eligibility
This is a Limited Call to Artists, meaning that artists may submit an application, or be invited by the Public Art & Design Committee or Artist Selection Panel to submit credentials and proposals. Selected artists will be considered only if they are able to complete the project in accordance with the schedule. The Call to Artists is open to professional artists residing in Broward, Palm Beach or Miami Dade Counties, 18 years of age or older; who have not been previously selected for a Broward County public art commission in the past 10 years and who have completed a minimum of three (3) public art projects with a budget of $5,000 or more and have demonstrated experience completing and coordinating exterior art installations. The selected Artist shall be able to pass a criminal background check if required. Artist shall review and accept the terms of the Broward County Standard Agreement before applying to the Call to Artists. Please refer to the Artistic Services FINAL v 2018.docArtistic Services Boilerplate Agreement.doc
Anticipated Schedule
Application materials due: September 24th, 2018Tour Site: Week of October 1st, 2018Presentation to Artist Selection Panel: week of October 1st, 2018Selected individual notified: TBDNotice to proceed issued to Artist(s): TBD

Application Deadline: 

September 24, 2018 no later than 11:59 p.m.
Artist Services
Interaction with the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club's members and staff is required. Other activities include:
  • Design and implement community engagement activities with members and staff of the Harold Reitman Boys and Girls Club 
  • Design and paint approved mural(s) using appropriate medium compatible with the paint currently on the building's surface.
  • If applicable, prepare wall by applying a base coat of paint compatible with the surface paint
  • Coat the artwork with an anti-graffiti, UV protective paint
  • Enter into an agreement with the County and obtain the required insurance
  • Complete the artwork within 21 days following the notice to proceed.

    How to Apply

    Eligible South Florida Artist(s) are invited to apply through
Hard copies will not be accepted. Required submission materials include:
  • Professional Résumé - If applicable, include community engagement experience, public art commissions with contact information for Project Manager or Program Director and budget size.
  • Electronic Images - Artist(s) may submit ten digital images of most recent relevant work.  JPEG format is preferred
  • Annotated Image List - Include name of artist, title of work, year, media, size, and location of artwork, project budget, image number and any other relevant information. 
  • Eligibility - Please confirm that you are a South Florida resident.
  • Accept Terms and Conditions of County's Commissioned Artwork Agreement.
NOTE:  Hard copy materials will not be accepted for this Call to Artists.   Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the County's Commissioned Artwork Agreement.

Selection Criteria

The Panel, through its staff, will review the applicant's qualifications and may select finalists on the basis of the excellence of their past work of similar scope as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials, ability to complete the work, and an interview, and compliance with eligibility requirements. The versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the artist has demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of this project will also be considered. The County reserves the right not to accept any of the applicants, reissue the Call to Artists, or cancel the project.
Contact:  Fraser Poorman
Phone: (954) 357-4795
Broward Cultural Division
Leslie Fordham, Acting Director
Public Art & Design
Dominique Denis, Project Manager
Fraser Poorman, Arts Assistant

Public Art & Design Program

The Broward County Public Art & Design Program was established in 1976. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the enhancement of the built environment through the creation of commissioned works of art that create a sense of place, that improve the visual environment for the citizens of Broward County, and that advance the missions of the County departments where the projects are situated. Commissioned artworks are the result of a dynamic interaction between selected artists and local community and constituent groups during the design phase of each project.

The Broward County Public Art & Design Program is recognized with distinction in national and international circles. In 2002, four of Broward County's public artworks were selected among an international ensemble of some of the world's finest public artworks and listed in the Australian publication, Designing the World's Best Public Art.

"Broward County Public Art & Design program is a national leader in developing model public art policies and best practices, producing exemplary public artworks synthesizing design excellence. Broward County has received multiple Americans for the Arts Year in Review public art awards over the past ten years, an indicator of the program's outstanding commitment in advancing art and design," said Liesel Fenner ASLA, former manager of Public Art Network for Americans for the Arts.

Broward County Public Art installations include works by: Alice Adams, Alice Aycock, Carolyn Braaksma, Clyde Butcher, James Carpenter, Carl Cheng, Miles Coolidge, Dan Corson, George Gadson, Liam Gillick, Harries / Heder Collaborative, Duane Hanson, Chris Janney, Lorna Jordan, Patricia Leighton, Sarah Morris, Gary Moore, Barbara Neijna, Jody Pinto, Ray Olivero, Beth Ravitz, Thomas Sayre, Martha Schwartz, Ned Smyth and Ritsuko Taho.

 Broward County, Florida

Broward County, named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, was established in 1915. By the 1960s, Broward County was considered a leader in agriculture products and services within the State of Florida. The region, which stretches across 409.8 square miles, of developable area, was transformed in the 1970s when mid-rise and high-rise development replaced farmland. Today over 1.8 million people live in the County's 31 municipalities and unincorporated areas as well as Seminole Tribe of Florida reservation. Broward is one of six counties in Florida where minorities constitute the majority. The undeveloped, protected western two-thirds of the county consists of wetlands and the Everglades. Among Broward County's unusual characteristics are 246 miles of canals; highest point is 25 feet above mean sea level; numerous seasonal residents; 7.5 million annual tourists and major cruise ship terminal. The climate is sub-tropical (75.4F average annual temperature) with wet summer and fall, and dry spring and winter seasons. For more information, visit