High Street Strategic Art Plan | RFP

Request for Proposals:

High Street Streetscape Improvements Project:

Strategic Public Art Plan  

The City of Columbus is seeking proposals from individuals, teams and/or consulting firms specializing in the planning, administration and management of public art plans and projects associated with streetscape and other capital improvement projects. The lead consultant should have experience in the administration, planning and project management of public art. Graphic design, meeting facilitation, community engagement, and general planning expertise are also needed and may be skills provided by the consultant’s assembled project team or consultant firm. Curatorial practice is a plus. 


The consultant will be tasked with developing a strategic public art plan for the High Street Streetscape Improvements Project. The plan should creatively shape an art vision for the project area by identifying locations and approaches for integrated and site specific artworks. Pending Council approval, there may be opportunities under a separate contract to retain the consultant through artist selection, artwork fabrication and installation. The project area includes the nationally recognized Short North Arts District and the southern portion of the University District, where The Ohio State University – one of the largest public universities in the country, is located just blocks away.


A public art budget of $420,000 will be established for this effort, which is contingent upon the city’s Capital Budget and legislative action. Additional art funding may be procured from other non-city sources. The public art budget is separate from the funds that will be used to procure the consultant services requested in this RFP.


This is a national call for proposals. The City of Columbus has notpreset a budget for this RFP.


All questions should be emailed to Lori Baudro, Public Art Coordinator at [email protected]

Responses will be posted within 48 hours during the business week. The last day to accept questions is Friday, May 25, 2017 @5:00 pm EST.  All corrections or clarifications to the RFP, if any, will be posted to ‘Questions & Responses’ page.  

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