Request for Proposals: Bernstein Park- Pre qualified Artist Opportunity, Art in Public Places

Monroe County Art in Public Places Committee announces to all pre- qualified artists a new project: Bernstein Park on Stock Island. The goal of this project is to place site- specific art work in either the driveway/roundabout, under the shaded area of the community building, and / or on the front section of the new retaining wall. Artists may propose artwork for one of the targeted spaces, or present a cohesive proposal for all of the spaces. All proposed artwork shall be original and site- specific.

The art budget, inclusive of all costs for artists, including installation, is $49,000 for the commission for this exterior project. These funds were generated by the 1% art ordinance for the Bernstein Park Project.

Bernstein Park serves citizens from the Lower Keys, providing recreation and youth league space for the largest concentration of children in the Keys. The park is named for the late Benjamin and Miriam Bernstein, who left a legacy for the citizens of Monroe County. This family- friendly park, with new & improved sports and recreational fields and a 2 story 5,500 square foot new community center will be enhanced with the addition of public art.

Located on Stock Island at 5th Avenue and 5th Street, the site opens to several sports fields. The facility serves as an outdoor and indoor community gathering space. The $7.9-million project elevated the existing Park by two (2) feet and will include a new baseball field, soccer field, soccer practice field, playground, basketball court, exercise trail, and new field lighting.

For more information, and to apply, please download and print the RFP from the Quick Links on our website at www.keysarts.com. Application deadline is September 7, 2017 by 3:00 pm EST.

Questions please contact: Elizabeth Young, Executive Director, Florida Keys Council of the Arts: director@keysarts.com

Photo caption: Local artists tour the new Bernstein Park in Stock Island with Monroe County Project Manager, Johnnie Youngue and Arts Council staff, Liz Young and Martha Resk to gain insight and inspiration for their proposals for the Request for Proposals for Public Art for the completely renovated community park and ball fields. From left to right: Rennie Joris, Trish Pleasant, Bailey Cypress, Liz Young, Johnnie Youngue, James O’Brien, Daniel Siefert (behind), J.H. Allen, Tom Joris, Martha Resk. Photo Credit: Katie Andrews