River City Company is seeking proposals from artists, makers, technologists and creative thinkers for the commission and installation of approximately 30 windows in vacant storefronts in City Center. Open Spaces, a new program stemming from River City Company’s City Center planning efforts aims to be a creative interim solution to address the issues of vacancy, darkness and lack of activity after 5 p.m.
“In our ever expanding city, we have seen each district develop its own personality. As you travel through the eclectic Northshore or the grass-roots Southside, you can feel the energy rising,” said Paige Southard, Program Coordinator for River City Company. “City Center is beginning to lay groundwork for their own identity, and Open Spaces will aid in its revival and sustainability as a destination.”
Open Spaces installations are to be bright, colorful, and interactive in order to positively change the experience of the district, improve the public realm, engage the passersby and promote walkability. The stipends are open to tech, media, engineering, maker, and display art installations with three tiers of installations and comparable compensation.
Installations will run from 6th Street to 8th Street and from Broad Street to Market Street. Covering three city blocks, Open Spaces windows will create a bridge between the Southside and Riverfront allowing people to move through the district.
Proposals are due July 2nd with announcement of final installations at the end of July. Installations will go up shortly after with a launch event scheduled for October.