Request for Qualifications: Artist teams for the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex (Los Angeles, CA)

Rancho Cienega Sports Complex

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is seeking artists and artist teams interested in creating a public art project for the new Rancho Cienega Sports Complex located at 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles 90016, in the City’s 10th Council District, Councilmember Herb J. Wesson, Jr. The Rancho Cienega Sports Complex is being designed by the City’s Bureau of Engineering, Architectural Division, in conjunction with SPF:a Architects. The construction project includes
the replacement of the facility’s existing gym and pool structures, as well as upgrades to its infrastructure, parking lots, athletic elds, and landscaping. The architectural design was selected through a competition process, and incorporates simple modern and contemporary facades in a bar building arrangement that will aid in retaining the park’s landmark status in this region.
Located on roughly 28 acres in South LA, the majority of the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex is comprised of outdoor space almost exclusively dedicated to a range of competitive sports including baseball, basketball, football, handball, soccer, tennis, and track. Similarly, the site’s new indoor facilities—the replacement gym and pool structures—will be dedicated to basketball and swimming.
Through this RFQ, DCA’s Public Percent for Art program will commission an artist or artist team to transform a limited outdoor area within the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex into a flexible space for arts and cultural activities. 
An artist selection committee comprised of, but not limited to, independent arts professionals and representatives of the Department of Recreation and Parks, adjacent communities, and architectural design team will convene to review the applications submitted in response to this RFQ. Upon review of all submissions, the committee will select up to five (5) artists to develop proposals and interview for the public art opportunity.
The artists/teams selected to develop project proposals for the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex may be required to attend a briefing meeting with the design team at the outset of the proposal development phase. Based upon proposal reviews and interviews, the artist selection committee will award one artist/team the site-specific public art commission. The commissioned proposal will need to be presented to the community and appropriate City agencies for review and approvals. The commissioned project will also be required to comply with all applicable City codes, such as those dealing with safety, accessibility, and seismic concerns.
This RFQ is open to professional artists and artist teams residing in the City of Los Angeles. Artists working in any media may apply, individually or as an artist team; artist teams may not change over the duration of the project. Artists residing in the neighborhoods directly served by the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, including Leimert Park, Crenshaw District, West Adams, Exposition Park, Baldwin Hills, View Park, and Ladera Heights, are strongly encouraged to apply. Employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.
Successful applicants will demonstrate the professional capacity to design and fabricate innovative permanent projects in coordination with City staff, engineers, general contractors, fabricators, and installers as needed. Applicants must also be available for multiple project meetings with the design team and/or principals of the project, the client department, the public, and other City agencies as required.
The maximum budget available for public art at the new Rancho Cienega Sports Complex is $185,320. This budget must cover all costs associated with the design, fabrication, and installation of the commissioned public art project including engineering and City permits as required, as well as any public programming associated with the artwork. The Rancho Cienega Sports Complex project is funded by the L.A. for Kids - Proposition K Program (Prop K), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Capital Expenditure Improvement Program (CIEP), and the Municipal Improvement Corporation of Los Angeles (MICLA).

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Late submissions are not accepted and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applications must be submitted via SlideRoom <> and a complete application must include all of the following:
1. CONTACT INFORMATION for artist(s); teams must provide contact information for each artist on the team, and one artist must be identi ed as the lead contact for the team.
2. STATEMENT OF INTEREST in creating a public art project for the new Rancho Cienega Sports Complex.
3. RÉSUMÉ/CV [PDF upload] for the artist; teams must submit a résumé/CV for each artist on the team.
4. PAST WORK [max 15 file uploads] may include images, video, and/or audio of of completed art projects, and information on project title, year, scale/dimensions, media/materials, and project concept must be provided for each as well as client, budget, and location, if applicable; artist teams are encouraged to include projects completed by the team.

Contact DCA’s Public Art Division: email Martica Stork <> or call
213 202-5544.