Nicollet Avenue Greenway Wayfinding Signage (RFQ)
City: Minneapolis, MN
Whittier Alliance, in partnership with Midtown Greenway Coalition and Hennepin County, invite artists and graphic designers to submit qualifications to develop two designs for Midtown Greenway wayfinding signs that reflect and celebrate the unique Whittier Neighborhood and Eat Street identities. The purpose of the new signs is to provide wayfinding/visual cues that support this vital connection by enhancing the streetscape and welcoming people to Midtown Greenway and the business district.
Nicollet Avenue is the only paved Greenway entrance serving the Whittier Neighborhood and the Eat Street Business District. The Greenway crosses under Nicollet Avenue at Eat Street, but community input indicates Greenway users are often not aware of the businesses and amenities located above them at street level. At the top of the Greenway ramp there are concrete jersey barriers and a closed bridge. There is no welcome sign or indication that Greenway users have exited to Eat Street, nor where they should go to find the many businesses in the district. Additionally, community feedback has revealed many people do not realize where the Nicollet
Avenue Greenway entrance is or that the Greenway is a public trail where all are welcome.
Qualifications or requirements
The ideal candidate will have previous experience with community driven art and a demonstrated connection to and understanding of the Eat Street/Nicollet Avenue corridor and the Whittier Neighborhood. A strong background in graphic design is preferred but artist of all mediums are welcome to apply. POCI and artists from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
How to apply
Email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00pm CT Nov 12, 2019:
1. Up to 5 work examples
2. Artist resume or CV
3. A brief description of how you would approach this design project and incorporate business district and neighborhood identity (max 250 words).
Note: This is a Request for Qualifications. Applicants are not expected to create and propose new designs for this submission.