On Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 pm, the library hosted an information session for artists about the City’s Percent for Art commission for the new library. Participants learned about the selection process, viewed examples of other public art installations, saw architect renderings of the new library, and heard Lawrence Public Library’s vision for this project. Click here to view a video of the presentation.
This information session was intended for artists who wanted to learn more about the project and were interested in responding to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to win the commission. Artists who were not able to attend the session are also welcome to submit RFQs — please see below for additional details.
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
What is Percent For Art?
Many cities, including Lawrence, have adopted Percent For Art ordinances that reserve capital improvement monies for art projects in new city construction and major renovations. The City of Lawrence has allocated a percentage of the library construction budget for a public art commission.
The City has designated $75,000 for the search, design, materials, fabrication, installation, artist fee, and other associated project costs. The artist may have the opportunity to augment this budget with construction materials (see the Project RFQ for details).
Library Vision for Art
“… the purpose of the percent for art purchase is to commission a permanent public artwork that will serve as a showcase piece to inspire the public imagination. This piece should stretch beyond a traditional interpretation of libraries and speak broadly to our mission to build community, share stories, and instill a love of learning and creative pursuits…” Please see the Project RFQ for the full vision statement.
Click here to view the latest architectural drawings of the library renovation project.
Slideshow of Public Art in Libraries
Click here to view the slideshow shown at the meeting – Public Libraries + Public Art.