Request for Proposals for Public Art: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

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Request for Proposals for Public Art

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

 NEW Deadline: Friday, June 20th, 5pm
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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl seeks proposals from members of the Northside Community for public art installations in North Minneapolis during the summer months of 2014. There are two projects, one for activities and installations for FLOW Northside Arts Crawl and one for the Penn Avenue Community Works project.



FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside.

FLOW starts Friday, July 25th with an evening of preview events, gallery receptions and public performances.  It continues on Saturday, July 26th, an exciting day of indoor and outdoor events along West Broadway from the Mississippi River to Penn Ave and on N. 2nd Street from 16th to 24th Avenue.  FLOW typically draws a crowd of well over 5,000 community members, art enthusiasts, neighbors and families and benefits from strong media partnerships and excellent PR.


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl seeks artists of all genres, ages and experience in the North Minneapolis Community to submit proposals. We define artist in the broadest possible sense of the word and encourage emerging artists and innovative ideas for community engagement.

FLOW is looking to enliven the spaces between its programmatic clusters (see map below) with public art.  Installations may last from one day to one year and we encourage applicants to consider everything from vacant lots to building exteriors to construction fencing as possible locations for their work.

FLOW would also like to engage artists in other logistical components of FLOW, including but not limited to the FLOW Shuttle, Staff and Volunteer T-Shirt, Marketing Materials, Signage Underground Dinner, Volunteers/Greeters and food vendors.

Proposal budgets should include material costs and artist stipends. As a program of the West Broadway Coalition (WBC), FLOW can leverage resources such as donated paint and other materials, funding through other WBC programs like the façade improvement and storefront art initiatives.  FLOW and the WBC will work with the artist and the property owner and will handle acquisition of the appropriate permits (plus incur those costs).

Selection Criteria

FLOW will choose as many proposals as funds allow.  Selection will be made by FLOW and WBC staff and the FLOW Advisory Committee based on the criteria below:

–       Evidence from past projects that indicates the artist’s ability and quality of their work

–       Feasibility and logistical considerations

–       Reasonable budget and timeline (projects budgeted under $1,000 are more likely to be chosen)

–       For site based ideas, priority will be given to proposals submitted in conjunction with a space or for City-owned property



Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and Metro Transit are working with the community to make positive changes for those who live, work, play or worship along Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis. The main focus for the Penn Avenue Community Works (PACW) project is the two blocks on either side of Penn Avenue North from Interstate 394 to 49th Avenue North along with connections to key destinations along the corridor. This work includes:

  •       Re-envisioning Penn Avenue as a complete street, including options for: better bus service, pedestrian improvement, bike connections, streetscaping (landscaping the street with trees, planters, green space, etc.)
  •       Promoting economic opportunity and stimulating private investment, through efforts like improving the street and public places, attracting housing and commercial development, supporting existing businesses and attracting new ones
  •       Enhancing livability, by doing things like improving public spaces, making better connections to key destinations, and Placemaking (activities in public places that activate the space and encourage community gathering and ownership)

Through a community driven process to identify priorities for Early Results for the PACW project, one of the key themes that emerged was Play on Penn. The goal of Play on Penn is to create an attractive destination for community-building and retail-supportive activities including PACW engagement and project awareness. In addition, this is an opportunity to demonstrate the future possibilities of the corridor. PACW is interested in exploring proposals for placemaking initiatives at locations along Penn Avenue.


While “placemaking” can mean different things to different people, Project for Public Spaces identifies 11 key principles: community-driving, visionary, function before form, adaptable, inclusive, focused on creating destinations, culturally aware, ever changing, trans-disciplinary, context led, transformative, inspiring, collaborative and sociable. For more information go to

Proposals should be for activities that:

– Have a limited duration that could connect to FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

– Are able to be implemented between July and September 2014

– Are located on Penn between 394 & 49th Avenue North

Selection Criteria

Penn Avenue Community Works will choose as many proposals as funds allow.  Selection will be made by FLOW and PACW based on the criteria below:

–       Evidence from past projects that indicates the artist’s ability and quality of their work

–       Feasibility and logistical considerations

–       Reasonable budget and timeline

–       Community component


Artists are encouraged and welcome to submit multiple proposals for both projects

Proposals should include:

–    Short description of project idea

–    Artist/Organization contact info

–    Project budget

–    Estimated timeline

–    Artists resume or bio

–    Representative work samples

Proposals should be submitted electronically to or sent to the West Broadway Coalition office, 1011 W. Broadway Suite #202, Minneapolis 55411.


Applicants will be notified by June 23rd

Questions? Email or call the WBC at 612-353-5178.

FLOW is an arts crawl that shines a light on the Northside community through the arts. It unites, celebrates and transforms in collaboration with the broader communities that surround us.