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Call to Artists

Request for Proposals for Living Walls
Call is open from March 1, 2019 – May 1, 2019

Download the RFP here.

The Public Art Committee from Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation (IFDDC) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for three murals to be installed throughout downtown Idaho Falls. Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation exists to promote and care for the downtown area by promoting and advocating the downtown consistently. The Public Art Committee functions to organize and facilitate the efforts of installing public art throughout the downtown core of Idaho Falls with IFDDC. The committee includes: Catherine Smith, Miyai Abe Griggs, Chloe Doucette, Lexi French, Amber Deschamps, Alyssa Callantine (Shorty), Georgina Goodlander, Carrie Scheid, Lisa Schulz, Kimmon Richards, and Chip Langerak.

“We believe this is an opportunity to share the community artist members’ visions and talents to represent and honor our community and the rich history and future.  Our goal is to facilitate conversations between downtown patrons and artists to create work that represents the unique qualities of Idaho and our cultures that make this city so beautiful,” said Catherine Smith, executive director of Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation. “We are excited to take the lead in installing public art downtown that will certainly result in lasting change. The downtown has seen significant growth in the last 18 months, and we are thrilled to be part of the efforts both as a catalyst for this growth and grateful recipient of the downtown experience.”

The IFDDC is committed to the use of public art to convey positive messages about the community and to activate underutilized private and public space for the public to enjoy.  Living Walls is as a project aimed at bringing public and private walls to life. Through the years, we have seen the historical painted walls create dialogue in our community with both appreciation of the past and curiosity.  The mural design would be informed by the artist’s own research and approach to design. The artist should be able to communicate the approach to research and develop their artistic content relevant to downtown Idaho Falls. The timeline for the RFP will be open from March 1 through May 1, 2019. The Public Art Committee will meet following May 1 and select three proposals to be installed. The locations downtown will be at: 1) Villa Coffeehouse; 2) The SnakeBite Restaurant; and 3) Willowtree Gallery. The murals will be installed the spring and summer of 2019.