Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site - Call For Artists

Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site – Call For Artists

Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site – Call For Artists

Fresh Coast Capital and their affiliated non-profit, Fresh Coast Communities, announces a call for artists for Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site. The former Bear Brand Hosiery Factory (205 East 21st Avenue) is a historic, ~3 acre brownfield located in Gary, Indiana. While in business, the Bear Brand Hosiery Factory manufactured women’s stockings, and as World War II began, transitioned to making parachutes for troops overseas. Finally in 1965, the factory closed and stood victim to decay and neglection. In partnership with Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit, Fresh Coast Communities will bring together residents and public leadership around integrating an innovative phytoremediation and green redevelopment project to revitalize the demolished factory site and minimize stormwater runoff.

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Deadline: 29 Jun 2018

As part of the effort to create a welcoming and restful parklike site where residents can walk and reflect on the city’s past, present, and potential future, Fresh Coast Communities is seeking local artists and muralists to help bring pride and life back to the site. This is a great opportunity to make a difference, raise awareness about the former factory, and demonstrate the commitment to revitalize the city of Gary. Fresh Coast Communities seeks artists to produce three large murals to be anchored to a split-rail fence and one three-dimensional interpretive sign showcasing the bioremediation process taking place on the site.

Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site Artist Benefits

One (1) 3D Interpretative Project Sign: One finalist will be selected to illustrate the bioremediation and stormwater runoff management currently underway on the project site. He/She will be awarded $1000 and materials and installation costs will be covered separately by Fresh Coast Capital up to $1500. Size is negotiable depending on vision, but must be accomplished within budget. A detailed description of the bioremediation work currently underway on the site will be provided to the finalist to assist in preparing draft art proposal submission.

Three (3) Large-Scale Fence-Mounted Murals: Three mural concepts will be selected to demonstrate themes 1-3 described above. Murals should be 4 X 6. He/She will be awarded $500. Materials, construction, and installation expenses will be covered separately by Fresh Coast Communities.

Depending on art project, muralists will have the opportunity to interview former factory employees and community residents individually for art narrative interpretation. A resource guide outlining all three themes will be provided to finalists to assist in preparing art proposal submissions.

About Fresh Coast Communities

Fresh Coast Communities is a national nonprofit that helps cities get the most good out of green infrastructure through community education and demonstration projects; holistic green infrastructure planning; co-benefits programs and partnerships; and workforce development programs.

It is an independently-governed affiliate of Fresh Coast Capital, a green infrastructure delivery partner that helps cities build high-impact green infrastructure at scale, in partnership with the community.

For more information, contact itsgeneseleach@gmail.com.

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