CALL for Artists – NoBo Guidebook Request for Proposals (RFP)

CALL for Artists

NoBo Guidebook Request for Proposals (RFP)

Submission Deadline: August 9th, 2019.

The NoBo Art District is seeking a Graphic Designer to create and manage the printing of a signature guidebook, “NoBo Book” for the NoBo Art District. The guidebook will feature content about the artists, the community and the unique local identity that make up the NoBo Art District. 

The selected designer is tasked with the layout of our signature piece that will serve NoBo for several years to come.  The selected designer should provide us with a template that can be updated year to year as the membership changes, as well as the ability to highlight new projects as the years march on. At the core of the book the reader will be able to search for projects, artists, and Business Members as well as patrons of NoBo.

The selected designer will be paid to complete the layout & design to the point that the first edition will be ready to send to the printer by December 15, 2019. 

To enable NoBo to best determine the ideal partner with whom to work, we request that the Graphic Designers provide simple & concise responses to the RFP, tailored to our request, drawing from previous work & including the following sections:

  1. Overview and Project Approach

In one page or less, tell us why your company is best suited for the project, the unique methods that you will bring to the project and the special ways that you will work with us

  1. Relevant Experience and Team

Please tell us who you are and about any related projects on which you have worked.

  1. Proposed Scope of Services

Develop a budget and outline of the scope of work that you propose for this project based upon this RFP. Include an estimated breakdown of hours that are required for each task.

To assist you in completing this project you will have one point of contact at NoBo to help clarify the process, goals and to answer questions as they arise.  This said, once you begin, we need a self-directed designer with the talent, skill and vision to create a unique, but clearly readable booklet.

Guidebook Purposes

  1. Highlight the unique identity of the NoBo Art District
  2. Promote featured local artists work & activities
  3. Develop lists of current members, Business Members and patrons.
  4. Offered free of cost to complement & contribute to ongoing NoBo events
  5. Describe regular artistic & cultural community activities in NoBo

To give you an idea of who NoBo is:

Background

The NoBo Art District is comprised of visual, musical & performing artists who live and/or work in the northwestern edge of the city. In efforts to promote their business activities and to make connections in the neighborhood these local grass roots cultural activists and artists began hosting First Friday studio tours in 2009. This led to the formal formation of the NoBo Art District organization, a guild of artists that has operated as a nonprofit since mid-2016. In addition to First Friday events, the NoBo Art District organization has also done occasional public programming such as the Little Free Libraries, the Paint-the-Pavement Project, the Piano Project, the Place Project, and several gallery exhibits featuring NoBo Art District member artists.  Additionally, the NoBo Art District has participated in numerous community wide creative events throughout Boulder. 

Adopted in 2015, the Community Cultural Plan references the NoBo Art District as a geographic area that is a primary incubator for the creative economy, specifically recognizing the promise of the district to support individual artists as small-business-owners, amplify cultural tourism in Boulder, and cause secondary economic benefits for retail in the area while also helping to establish it as a more livable and vibrant neighborhood. Since it’s 501(c)(3) designation in November 2016, the term “NoBo Art District” refers to both the geographic area & the legal organizational status.

In March 2017 the City Council unanimously adopted a declaration and resolution honoring the NoBo Art District and formalizing its boundaries. This was done to align city department activities with the goals of the NoBo Art District, to galvanize neighborhood support for this concentration of artists, and to open the door to future opportunities that a creative district promises. 

How to Apply

The following items should be emailed together in ONE email, with subject “{ARTIST NAME} 2019 NoBo Book RFP Application” to: ArtCallsNoBo@gmail.com by August 9, 2019, 5:00PM.

Artist Statement of Interest:

Overview and Project Approach: In one page or less, tell us why your company is best suited for the project, the unique methods that you will bring to the project and the special ways that you will work with us

Relevant Experience and Team: Please tell us who you are and about any related projects on which you have worked.

Proposed Scope of Services: Develop a budget and outline of the scope of work that you propose for this project based upon this RFP. Include an estimated breakdown of hours that are required for each task. In addition, tell us what is NOT included in your scope and budget.

Resume/CV + References:

Submission shall include a current resume or CV that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist along with 2 professional references.

Images of Past Work:

Submission must include visual representations of samples of your past artwork appropriate to this project (minimum of 3, maximum of 10. no larger than 1000 pixels).

Please include a list of the submitted project images with descriptions that clearly explain both the projects and images. 

Please contact Lisa Nesmith with questions at: ArtCallsNoBo@gmail.com