National "Call to Artists" at Broward Addiction Recovery Center and Nancy J. Cotterman Center
-Deadline: January 29, 2013-

National Call to Artists

DATE: January 16, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky,
Broward County Cultural Division
PHONE: 954-357-7463

The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one or two artists or artist teams to design, build and install functionally-integrated public art projects for two new social services facilities that are projected to share a joint campus in Broward County. This National "Call to Artists" will have a Two Week Only window for response, beginning on January 16 and ending on the application deadline, January 29, 2013. 

The Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) and the Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) is expected to be co-located on a site of approximately 4-acres in Fort Lauderdale. The site will include a two-story building approximately 38,500 square feet to house a 50-bed detoxification unit, counseling services and other related functions for BARC, and a one- or two-story building approximately 17,500 square feet to house counseling services and other related functions for NJCC.  

The artist(s) or artist team will be commissioned to design, build and install functionally-integrated interior or exterior artwork(s) for one or both facilities. Artwork opportunities include, but are not limited to, durable, low maintenance enhancements to the building interiors, exterior courtyards and therapeutic gardens. It is intended that the artwork be spatially-integrated to the site as well as functionally-integrated. The selected artist may collaborate with the landscape architect; however, living plant material is not encouraged as a component of the design proposal. 

According to a 2009 report by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, when arts are part of care settings, anxiety and pain are reduced, which prompts mental and emotional healing, reduces stress and improves the overall experience. “This is a wonderful opportunity for an artist to contribute to the appearance and “sense of place” we hope to create within a County social service facility,” says Jody Horne-Leshinsky, Interim Director, Broward Cultural Division.

This is a fast-track project for the artist selection process and for the artist(s) to collaborate with the design team to integrate the artwork to the site. The architect has been selected and schematic design for the two facilities have already commenced. Interested artists should apply only if they are able to commit intensive time to the project during the spring of 2013 when the most effective collaborations with the design team are anticipated to occur. The conceptual design proposal will be reviewed by the Artist Selection Panel, the Public Art & Design Committee, the Broward Cultural Council and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners prior to issuance of notice-to-proceed with fabrication.

The total budget established for the (BARC) Project is not to exceed $172,300, and the total budget established for the (NJCC) Project is not to exceed $78,100. The same artist may be selected for both projects, or, different artists may be selected for each project.

To see a full version of this Call, including the project description and submittal requirements, visit the Broward Cultural Division website,

“Broward County's Public Art & Design program is a national leader in developing model public art policies and best practices, producing exemplary public artworks synthesizing design excellence. Broward County has received five Americans for the Arts Year in Review public art awards over the past eight years, an indicator of the program’s outstanding commitment in advancing art and design, ” Liesel Fenner, ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects), Public Art Program Manager, Americans for the Arts.

For more information, contact Claire Garrett at 954-357-7236. Visit the Division website to view the ONLINE TOUR of the County’s entire public artwork collection.

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