W/purpose co-authors gateway with art, transit, a Community

EVANSVILLE — The community of Jacobsville is currently hiring. A $15,000 public design budget will go to an artist or design team who is interested in creating an outdoor art experience.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is a call for design talent from around the world to develop and execute a substantial piece of public design for the City of Evansville. The art prize encourages all to apply, and encourages sister cities, Tochigi-Shi (Japan), Tizimin (Mexico), and Osnabruck (Germany) to participate.

Submission Deadline is April 29th, at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Artist selection will be announced in August. The RFQ can be found (HERE) The 128′ x 16′ art work will be located at 28 W. Indiana Street on the East Facade (Fig1.1) of an existing building owned by Schalco Garage Door President, Andy Scheessele.

The work will reflect the momentum and future of Jacobsville. The community of Jacobsville is known for many assets including unique businesses, American baseball, and Garvin Park. This community’s heritage is rich and speaks directly the legacy of Hannah Jacobs, the founder of the neighborhood and the community’s namesake.“This Gateway effort will spearhead a larger reinvestment effort for Main Street by increasing accessibility to area resources, cultivating pride, and rejuvenating business commerce” said Stephanie TenBarge, Executive Director at ECHO Housing Corporation. Jacobsville Area Community Corporation President, Joseph Easley has seen the areas momentum unfold over the last 12 years and said, “We are beginning to see many signs of renewal. This project will help provide some identity to a great area while inviting everyone to explore its multiple assets.”

ECHO Housing Corporation is collaborating with local stakeholders, Jacobsville Area Community Corporation, The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and w/purpose, an urban/public design studio experienced in urban place making and creative design solutions. In addition to commissioned mural, w/purpose will lead the design of a new bus stop that will include reclaimed stadium seating, solar power, enhanced shelter, and cultural district signage. “The revitalization of Main Street under a complete streets model demonstrates how public-private partnerships can transform a street into something beyond a tool for the vehicle” said Wil Marquez, Owner/Principal at w/purpose.The Gateway design team includes key contributors, including Stephanie TenBarge (ECHO), Wil Marquez (w/purpose, LLC), Andy Scheessele (President Schalco Garage Doors ), Jennifer Evans (Community Mobilizer, Jacobsville Join In), and Anne McKim (Director, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana).

Main Street Gateway is a shared effort to revitalize and create sustainable living models for the Jacobsville community. Completion date for the Main Street Gateway is slated for Spring 2015.

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