Robert W. Coleman Mural Project
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and the Baltimore City Department of Planning (DOP) seek to identify a professional artist or artist team to create a unique mural art design for installation at 2103 Walbrook Avenue in West Baltimore’s Mondawmin neighborhood. This mural will be completed in partnership with the Robert W. Coleman Community Organization and Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council as part of the INSPIRE Plan for Robert W. Coleman Elementary School.
Mural Project Site Address
2103 Walbrook Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217
The mural will be implemented on the sidewall of a three-story rowhouse that is approximately 55 feet in width
Project Goals & Background
The goal of this mural project include:
· engaging students at Robert W. Coleman ES and area neighbors in the design process,
· creating a mural to beautify the surrounding area,
· and encouraging public use of Hebert Street Community Park (located nearby by the 2100 block of Herbert Street).
The project site is located across the street from Coleman Manor, an affordable apartment building and original home of the Robert W. Coleman elementary school.
The selected artist will work with two community partner organizations:
· Robert W. Coleman Community Organization: A volunteer-led resident group working in the area set by Gwynns Falls Pkwy. on north, W. North Ave. on the south, Pulaski St. on the east, Warwick Ave. on the west.
· Greater Mondawmin Coordinating Council: A non-profit umbrella organization providing service and advocacy for improved literacy, housing, educational, recreational, workforce, and cultural opportunities for area residents. The boundaries of the GMCC are set to W. North Ave. on the south; Longwood St. on the west; Liberty Heights Ave., Druid Park Drive and Druid Hill Park on the north and northeast; and Fulton Ave. on the east.
The mural project is one part of a larger $50,000 beautification project for the Robert W. Coleman INSPIRE Plan led by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Planning. The draft INSPIRE plan and more information on the ongoing community engagement activities are available on the Department of Planning website at https://planning.baltimorecity.gov/inspire-plans/robert-w-coleman-elementary-school
Art Project Budget
Funding is restricted to: Artist Fees, Material Supply Costs, Installation Costs
Requirements of Artist
The selected artist shall facilitate design workshops to engage local community residents and stakeholders in creation of designs for installation. Artists will be tasked with developing family-friendly art; designs must be simple, identifiable, or recognizable art forms that generally evoke neighborhood pride, and are universally understood by both youth and adults.