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Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Five art commissions at Springboard for the Arts’ new home
Download PDF of RFQ here!

RFQ response deadline: July 27, 2020, 11:59pm
Watch Zoom info session here

Seeking up to five artists/artist teams who live, work or have a connection to Minnesota to create permanent art for one of 5 commissions at Springboard for the Arts’ new offices at 262 University Ave W, Saint Paul. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will consist of a two-part process, with an initial response to this RFQ due on July 27, 2020. Finalists will receive a $1000 stipend to prepare a full proposal. Artists/artist teams are not required to have previously completed a public art project, but successful applicants need to demonstrate their ability to lead and complete a project. Selected artists/artist teams will receive the indicated project support amount to cover all expenses related to creating and installing artwork for Springboard.

-Native Presence- installation, signage, or other on the exterior main entrance/plaza- $20,000
-Mural on University side of fence - $20,000
-Pre-Owned Vehicle Sign repurposed as public art - total $20,000 (includes $5,000 contingency)
- Watershed signage (tank and rain garden), tank/drain treatment  - $20,000
- Roof water feature - $10,000

Message from Springboard for the Arts’ Executive Director Laura Zabel
Due to pandemic related safety concerns we aren't completely sure when and how the installation of these pieces will work. Our original goal was to have these pieces installed on the site by the end of summer, but we recognize that there are a lot of things we don't know yet about recommended safety precautions, constructions schedules etc. Rather than wait until we know everything about timing, we are starting the selection process now so that we can make commitments to artists and get money to them for these projects. We raised this money to pay individual artists to make work and we know that is even more important now. So we will be asking selected artists for flexibility, patience and good communication around timelines, schedules and process. Our commitment is to work with the selected artists, our contractors and advisors to get the work installed as close to on time as possible and with the safety of everyone as our first priority.

Recording of RFQ info session

Watch a recording of the info session here! Note: the talking starts at about 50 seconds in. If you need closed captioning, please email.


Download PDF of full RFQ

Download PDF RFQ

SlideRoom RFQ form-- updated application here!
Slideroom application

Application Process
-Please read the entire RFQ before starting for more details on the commissions, eligibility and application
-Attend Zoom info session or watch recording.
-Navigate to RFQ application form on SlideRoom to respond to RFQ and submit answers and work samples.
-From submitted responses to the RFQ, a panel of artists and representatives from the community and Springboard will select artist finalists. Finalists will receive a stipend of $1000 to create a full proposal to be presented to the panel. One artist/artist team will be selected per commission to create the art.



RFQ info session - Zoom meeting- recorded and posted after. Sign up link here.
July 1 , 2020, 7-8:30pm

Responses to RFQ due          
July 27, 2020 11:59pm

Finalists notification (invitation to create full proposals)
August 14, 2020

Finalist full proposals due
September 8, 2020
Sept 14-18 Finalist presentations/interviews.

Selected Artists notified
Within two weeks following full proposal deadline.

Design completed, work finished/installed. Public celebration
2020-2021- TBD

Application Assistance

Applicants who need technical assistance with uploading or formatting files, or who would like the submission reviewed can schedule a half-hour phone call or videoconferencing session by emailing:

Questions? Please contact Peter Haakon Thompson

Springboard Staff

Community Development Coordinator

For Springboard RFQ questions, please contact:
Community Development Coordinator,
Peter Haakon Thompson