RFQ Press Release

Alberta Street Historical Markers RFQ Press Release

Alberta Main Street
1722 NE Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211

Release Date: October 19, 2017
Contact: Zoe Piliafas (Diversa), (971) 277-0072, RFQ@albertamainst.org

Alberta Street Historical Markers Project Call to Artists
Alberta Main Street Releases Request for Qualifications

October 19, 2017 — Portland, OR — Alberta Main Street, a nonprofit community and economic development organization, invites artists or artist-led teams to submit their qualifications for consideration in the Alberta Street Historical Markers Project. The selected artist or artist-led team will be commissioned to create permanent public artwork in the form of historical and cultural markers along NE Alberta Street in Portland, Oregon. The markers, inspired by stories from past and present African American community members, will honor and document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street.

The call is open to professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States and/or teams led by such artists. Preference will be given to Portland metro area based artists, particularly those with demonstrable deep connections to Alberta Street or lived experience as part of the African American community affected by change on Alberta Street. Approximately $30,000 is available for design, fabrication, and installation of the markers.

The RFQ submission deadline is Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. Alberta Main Street will host a pre-proposal meeting for artists and team members interested in applying for this project on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church Community Center – 806 NE Alberta Street in the San Andres Room. RSVP to RFQ@albertamainst.org. For more information and to download the RFQ, visit: albertamainst.org/whats-happening/historical-markers-project/call-to-artists/

Project background: In early 2015, Alberta Main Street held a community check-in called “Honoring Our Past, Planning Our Future” to gather input from community stakeholders and identify organizational priorities for the future. At this gathering there was a call for effective ways to embrace the rich history of the African American community on Alberta Street. In response to this call, Alberta Main Street applied for and was awarded grant funding for the Equitable Alberta Street project. A core component of this project is to honor and document the history of the African American community through the Alberta Street Historical Markers Project.

About Alberta Main Street: Alberta Main Street advances efforts to develop Alberta Street as a vibrant, creative, equitable and sustainable commercial district serving residents and visitors to our community.