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Artist RFP

No More Empty Pots seeks proposals from artists and designers interested in adding creativity —energy—and liveliness to three separate areas of the food hub under construction at 8501 North 30th ST in Omaha, Nebraska. Artists/Designers may apply for one, two or three areas.

Artists and designers in digital media are encouraged to submit proposals. No More Empty Pots is particularly interested in installations that re effective in storytelling, highlighting the purpose of the space and informal learning for intergenerational audiences. No More Empty Pots (NMEP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action. NMEP’s vision is to support communities in becoming self-sufficient, and food secure through collaboration and adherence to our core values of education, stewardship, and sustainability. Our biggest project is the Collaborative Community Centered Food Hub where we provide jobs and training operating a shared use commercial kitchen and culinary workforce training program. NMEP serves youth to seniors in educational, hands-on experiential learning. Programs within NMEP operate as a social enterprises, where we provide a welcoming space to engage community and support farmers and emerging small-scale food entrepreneurs.

FOOD HUB AREAS: Three areas within the hub have been identified that would benefit from an artistic rendering or design element to inform patrons and participants as well as invoke curiosity and desire to learn more about the subjects of the focus area. Artists/Designers may apply for one, two or three areas.

Site One: Donor Wall in the café and reception area
Budget: Open
Description: This area is approximately (size) in square footage and will be surrounded by reclaimed wood and painted drywall surfaces.

Site Two: Wall in Kid’s Kitchen
Budget: Open
Description: The Kids Kitchen will be a dynamically used space for nutrition education, STEM education, birthday parties, hands-on cooking classes for youth up to 18 years old. The surrounding walls will be painted durable surfaces. The kitchen will be filled with commercial stainless steel equipment and tables with chairs for seating and instruction.

Site Three: Elevator landing near rooftop garden
Budget: Open
Description: This area is the largest of the walls to be covered. The elevator to the rooftop opens to this space and is also visible for those taking the stairs to the rooftop as well as exiting the rooftop. The rooftop will feature mobile raised beds including aquaponics, an outdoor
kitchen, structures to support solar devices and seating. Artwork and designs that inform and engage as well as provide interactivity is preferred.

The selection committee is particularly interested in artists or designers who show promise of creating a project that:

  • is informative and meets content needs
  • responds to the physical, historical, and/or social attributes of the site
  • reflects high level of quality in design
  • offers the potential for community interaction

Timeline:

  • December 11, 2019 Pre-design site visit at 10:15 am
  • January 18, 2019 All electronic submissions due
  • January 25, 2019 Final selection
  • January 29, 2019 Walkthrough before printing
  • March 2019 Art/Design installation

Please submit the following:

  • Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable)
  • Statement of Interest (50 words or less)

Example of work for reference:

  • Title
  • Location
  • Five images of completed work
  • Material/Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Brief Description of the project

Site Specific Project: (if proposing more than one, one proposal for each site)

  • Title
  • Location
  • Description of Project
  • Up to five jpeg Images of Proposed Work
  • Timeline

Additional Resources:

How to Submit:
Submissions should be emailed to Talia McGill, Director of Strategic Communications, marketing@nmepomaha.org. For more information, please contact Nancy Williams at info@nmepomaha.org, 402.502.1642.

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