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Howard Theatre - Walk of Fame

A project commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

Deadline for Submission: Friday, April 22, 2016 (11:59pm) EST
Budget: $400,000.00
Eligibility: Regional Artists and/or Artist Teams residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia

Pursuant to the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame project, the partnering entities request regional artists to develop a permanent public art installation to be implemented during the summer of 2017. The work will include the design, fabrication and installation of fifteen (15) medallions to be designated along the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame pathway.

The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame concept was developed by the Shaw and LeDroit Park communities in their passion to preserve and honor the rich history of the historic Howard Theatre.

In 2008, the Office of the DMPED teamed with Cultural Tourism DC, a local heritage tourism organization, to research, collect and prepare relevant historic information related to the Howard Theatre. From this convening, fifteen (15) honorees were nominated and selected to be honored based on specific evaluation criteria and extensive research.  

The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame represents the District of Columbia’s rich musical history and will become homages to the iconic artists and key administrators of the Howard Theatre. The selected artistic honorees represent a wide variety of musical genres, have made important contributions to the cultural life of the DC and have achieved a national reputation for excellence within their respective fields. Many have notable musical recordings, had a lengthy career and are recognized by experts as leaders in the entertainment industry. Each honoree has contributed a profound influence on the entertainment industry and all performed at the Howard Theatre. Together these honorees represent a diverse and dynamic selection of performing artists and managers since the Theatre’s founding in 1910.

The Howard Theatre Walk of Fame Honorees include (alphabetically):
Pearl Bailey, Chuck Brown, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Cab Calloway, The Clovers, Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Hampton, Moms Mabley, Abbie Mitchell, Billy Taylor, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and a combination of Howard Theatre managers and owners since its opening in 1910.

CAH is seeking proposals from artists and or artist design teams who can bring innovative perspectives and effectively utilize symbolism to create fifteen (15) original permanent medallions that successfully honor and commemorate the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame honorees.

Eligible artistic projects include, but are not limited to: bas relief sculpture, metal medallions and paving patterns, etc., which will be placed in the sidewalks/pathways surrounding the Howard Theatre
CAH will conduct a selection process to identify an artist or artist design team to develop a proposal to design, fabricate and install fifteen (15) permanent medallions for the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame.

The following design criteria should be incorporated:
Permanent Public Artwork (i.e. bas relief sculpture, medallions, paving pattern, etc.)
Artistically designed educational component (medallions should include a brief history of each Howard Theatre Walk of Fame Honoree. Final text must be approved by CAH)
Howard Theatre Walk of Fame Signage (to include project history, honoree names and photos. Final text and layout must be approved by CAH)

The installation may involve more than one medium but electricity, water and non-durable materials cannot be included in the design. If the design happens to incorporate a light feature, the power must be a reliable solar source as there are no outdoor electrical outlets available.

This commission is open to Artist and/or Artist Design Teams residing in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.  
• Artists must be established as a practicing sculptor.
• Artist Design Teams must have an established and practicing sculptor as a lead team member. The artist’s team of design professionals must also include either an architect or landscape architect.

For full details on the application process, please click here.

Interested applicants may submit their application through CAH's online portal: https://dcarts.slideroom.com/#/Login

Application Deadline is Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST.