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Dale Street Bridge Project

Three artists were selected to work with artist Seitu Jones on the Dale Street Bridge public art. They are: Mica Lee Anders G.E. Patterson Hawona Sullivan Janzen Stay tuned here for more info on where to see their progress and find out how to participate in community engagement activities around their work. Thank you to all the amazing artists that applied.

Other upcoming Rondo Public Art opportunities:

Rondo Library Renaissance
Public art for the Rondo Library

More details on the Rondo Renaissance website!

Rondo Community Outreach Library is a community gathering place: A safe haven for students, a resource for job seekers, a training center for literacy, a home to the world’s great literature. Inside the Library, ideas are bubbling to the surface, knowledge is building, empathy is cultivated, and imaginations are transported to faraway worlds. Outside the Library is a cold stone façade that belies the energy, creativity and hope within.

Unfortunately, the austere facade makes it identifiable only as "that brown building." Our vision is to create an inspiring and inviting urban statement that celebrates the Library, learning, literature, and literacy while welcoming the neighborhood it serves, responding to the local environment, and highlighting the role of art and artists in these communities.

To that end we are undertaking activities that are not part of the standard RFQ/commissioning process, including outreach activities with Ready Go tools and too connect artists to new techniques, we are planning several Intro to Techniques sessions with local experts, including Chicago Ave Fire Arts Center (enameling)  and Good Space Murals (polytab murals).

Our intention is that through this process of exposing artists to new techniques for creating large, exterior artworks and providing assistance throughout the process, even artists who are not selected will have experience and access to info that will make it possible to apply to other, future public art opportunities.

Project Timeline:
Spring 2018
-Outreach with Ready Go tools
-Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released- May 5—this will let artists know how to apply.
-Intro to Techniques sessions—designed to connect artists to accessible techniques for large scale, exterior artworks.

Summer 2018
-Info Sessions/Study Halls for applicants—get help responding to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Fall 2018
-Info Sessions/Study Halls for applicants
-Panel discussion with Public Art experts on responding to RFQs.
-Responses to RFQ due in October
-2-4 artists selected to submit full proposals

Winter 2019
-Artist selected—begin work on commission.

September 2019
-Completed work finished/installed. Public celebration

Other Resources for applicants to these and any grant opportunities.

Artists are encouraged to utilize Springboard for the Arts’ Resource Center for technical help.

Or attend our Pop-Up Resource Centers on April 14 at Electric Machete and May 2 at Asian Economic Development Association. 

More info

To see other mobile projects, visit the Ready Go website!

Check out the Ready Go website to read more about La Luchadora and Streetcorner Letterpress

Browse projects now!

Questions? Please contact Peter Haakon Thompson

Springboard Staff

Community Development Coordinator

For Rondo Opportunities questions, please contact:
Community Development Coordinator,
Peter Haakon Thompson