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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young
July 17, 2017


Request for Proposals: Pre qualified Artist Opportunity, Art in Public Places

Monroe County Art in Public Places Committee announces to all pre- qualified artists a new project: Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo. The goal of the project is to place site specific art work on the rear of the building on either side of the walkway. Artists may propose artwork for this targeted space, or present a cohesive proposal for a different space. All proposed artwork shall be original and site specific.

The maximum art budget amount, inclusive of all costs for artists, including installation, is $8,800.00 for this exterior project. Signage is provided by the County. These funds were generated by the 1% art ordinance for the Magnolia Street Building renovation.
The facility has 31,200 square feet of office space and a community room with seating for 275 where commission meetings, theater and concerts are held. The first and second floors include office space for Monroe County Planning and Building Departments (including permitting), the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and other County administrative offices. A 2-story lobby space connects the areas with a second floor bridge.  Ranging from performing arts to community elections, the events that will take place at this location are unlimited in scope. The vernacular design of the building includes metal roofs and wide overhangs.

Located in Key Largo at mile marker 102.5, the site opens to a spectacular bayfront view. The facility serves as an outdoor and indoor community gathering space. The passive bayside park has sitting areas and a great lawn for both public and private events. Artwork that is low maintenance, child and family friendly, will be given preference.

For more information, and to apply, please download and print the RFP from the Quick Links on our website at Application deadline for RFP is August 24, 2017 by 3:00 pm EST.

Questions please contact: Elizabeth Young, Executive Director, Florida Keys Council of the Arts: