Call For Artists

The City of Lakewood, LakewoodAlive and Cuyahoga County hereby invite all interested Artists to submit qualifications for a new public art piece to be located at the Winterhurst Arena building located at 14740 Lakewood Heights Boulevard in Lakewood, Ohio.

Warren Road currently serves as the primary north-south corridor connecting the Downtown and Uptown Lakewood business districts to Interstate 90. As a gateway into the City of Lakewood, its vibrant business districts and diverse housing stock, this intersection sees over 16,000 cars per day (combined north/south on Warren; one-way west bound on Lakewood Heights Boulevard). The proposed art will be affixed to the façade of Winterhurst Arena, which is the city-owned ice rink that draws skaters and teams from across the region.

Since 2016, LakewoodAlive, the City of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County have invested $100,000 from a special county grant to beautify this key corridor by adding 8 public art installations, two new transit waiting environments, nearly 30 street trees, decorative cross walks, planter boxes and the addition of bike lanes on one section of roadway. The project has been designed to be implemented in three phases, with phases one and two now complete.

In late 2021, the City of Lakewood, in partnership with LakewoodAlive, applied for a Cuyahoga County Supplemental Grant Program to fund phase three. The grant monies are an initial investment in improving the quality of Warren Road, a multi-phase effort over numerous years. It was determined during the grant application that the effort shall be referred to as the Warren Gateway, thereby highlighting the importance of Warren’s connection to and throughout Lakewood. The City of Lakewood received the full Cuyahoga County Community Development Supplemental Grant Program amount in Spring 2022.

Invitation to Participate

Artists are invited to submit qualifications for consideration by the City of Lakewood and LakewoodAlive for the south-east facing façade of Winterhurst Arena at the northwest intersection of Lakewood Heights Boulevard and Warren Road. The nature of the concept will be at the discretion of the Artist.

The art piece shall be affixed to the wall. If a mural is proposed, it shall be printed, cut, and installed directly adhering to the brick veneer by a print company retained by the City of Lakewood and LakewoodAlive.

Eligibility

This project is open to all local artists. Collaborations and teams are welcome contingent upon demonstration in the RFQ response of previous experience working as a team. Anyone under the age of 18 must include a parent or guardian’s name and phone number with their application.

All submissions must be received no later than: September 8, 2022 by 4:00 PM

For more information go to: https://www.lakewoodalive.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Winterhurst-Public-Art-RFQ-2022.pdf

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Volume 18, Issue 17, Posted 5:29 PM, 09.07.2022