Mayor and City Councillors got a sneak peak at a new set of banners as the Fort St. John Arts Council launched a campaign to Welcome Visitors to the Downtown Core at City Hall recently. Participating stores, restaurants and offices will receive a banner of their choice for their front window PLUS volunteers from WL Construction will wash their front windows right prior to the BC Winter Games opening in February 2020. The banners say Fort St. John Opens Doors to Opportunity, to Natural Wonders, to Adventure and to Creativity. The banners were designed by local artist Harriet Stanford who also designed the colorful, sports, street banners this year.
2016 STREET BANNERS FOR DOWNTOWN FORT ST. JOHN
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
THE FORT ST. JOHN COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 4 images of a PERFORMING ARTS THEME FOR 2016 to be professionally transferred to street banners for downtown Fort St. John, B.C.
The PROJECT TIMELINE is:
- NOVEMBER 2015 Call for Artists
- JANUARY 9, 2016 Deadline for Applications
- JANUARY 23, 2016 Selection of Artist
- MARCH 15, 2016 Final artwork submitted (4 designs)
- To celebrate a Performing Arts BC Festival in May 2016 in Fort St. John, the Fort St. John Arts Council is creating an artistic opportunity for a local artist. Participants from many communities in the province will be coming to Fort St. John for the provincial festival in 2016.
- Proposals should provide examples of previous work and indicate knowledge of design to enlarging the images with detail and clarity. Selection will be based on past work that appears to be suitable and easily translated onto a banner.
- One local artist will be selected to create 4 designs that will be professionally transferred onto quality street banners to be displayed during the summer months of 2016. The banners remain the property of the Arts Council and will eventually be transformed into other uses. Sponsorships will be solicited to cover the cost of the banners.
- Building on the success of the 2015 banners, the Fort St. John Community Arts Council is once again coordinating the street banners for the City of Fort St. John for the second year.
- THE PLACE The City of Fort St. John hangs street banners each summer on the light posts along the main streets. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is offering to provide 52 new banners with 4 images of a theme of “HIGH PERFORMANCE, the PERFORMING ARTS”, for the summer of 2016. One design including all the sponsors’ names will also be required. Banners will hang May – Nov., 2016.
- The banner dimensions is approximately 30” X 60” with a 2” bleed. The exact dimensions will be available to the selected artist with more detail from the banner printing company.
- Selected artwork will be graphic, bright, and bold. Examples are available at www.flagshop.com and/or www.bigboldbeautifulbanner.comELIGIBILITY This opportunity is open to artists and graphic designers residing in North Peace Region of British Columbia including students and faculty of Universities or Colleges.
- LIABILITY The final accepted artwork will become the property of the Fort St. John Community Arts Council. The Application process includes a letter of intent and supporting material that illustrates your artwork.Fort St. John Community Arts Council, Box 6474. Fort St. John, BC V1J 4H9
- FOR FURTHER INFORMATION or questions about this program, please call or email the Fort St. John Community Arts Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-785-6214Banners shown above are the 2015 Banners designed by Fort St. John Artist Alan White which also appear in the holding room at the North Peace Regional Airport.
Submit proposals and supporting material by January 9, 2016 to:
SELECTION CRITERIA The Committee of the Fort St. John Community Arts Council will select an artist as evidenced by their proposal. Consideration will be given to past work and other supporting materials. Successful applicant will be notified via e-mail.
COSTING Artists are responsible for all associated expenses related to design. Each of the 4 images will be related to the theme but different in design. An honorarium of $500 will be paid to the artist.
The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is offering street banners for the light posts to the City of Fort St. John as no cost to the City. The first year of the project, the Art Council plans to select a local artist who will design 6 images that will be professionally transferred to appropriate banner material by a professional company. The Arts Council will been searching for sponsorship for this program but will not be making any money on this project. It is not a fundraising program. It is a program to help enhance the downtown core of Fort St. John.
- To provide local artists an opportunity to showcase their work.
- To assist the community through adding to the Revitalization of the Downtown Core.
- To feature major events and happenings in Fort St. John.
- To stimulate other community groups to participate in enhancing the community.
The Project: An open call to all local artist with a specific set of guidelines will be sent out with a deadline for submission. One specific artist will be chosen for each year through an adjudication process. The chosen artist will design different images of the theme chosen for that year. Sponsorships will be sought to cover the cost of the project. Sponsors will be acknowledged by listing them all on a few banners that will be interspersed among the street poles as the banners are mounted. No year will be on the banners so banners that survive the elements can be used in subsequent years.
Banners: The theme for summer of 2015 “Take Flight” to showcase the 2015 Airshow scheduled for July 2015 and artist Alan White was chosen to design the banners. In 2016 the theme will relate to Performing Arts to promote the Performing Arts BC Provincial Festival in Fort St. John that year and, in 2017, the 75th Anniversary of the Building of the Alaska Highway will be featured.
Potential of Used Banners: The banners are the property of the Fort St. John Arts Council and can be used again as street banners or may be redesigned for other purposes such as indoor hangings, sewn into tote bags, or other creative means of recycling.