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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young


Request for Proposals:
City of Key West, City Hall Artist Opportunity, Art in Public Places

City of Key West Art in Public Places Board announces to all professional artists a new opportunity at City Hall on White Street. The goal of this project is to place original, site- specific artwork in the targeted spaces as outlined in the Request for Proposals #003-19. Artists may propose artwork for one of the targeted spaces or present a cohesive proposal for all the space.

The art budget, inclusive of all costs for artists, including installation, is $200,000 for the commission of the entire project. These funds were generated by the 1% for Public Art ordinance #_____________for the City of Key West.

Key West City Hall is a recently restored historic structure situated in the designated historic district (Old Town) on the island of Key West and was originally constructed as Monroe County High School. The front building and the Auditorium were completed in September 1923, and the rear building was completed in 1927. Over the next 90 years the school served as a high school, middle school, and finally as an elementary school. In 2014, an agreement was made between the Monroe County School Board and the City of Key West to turn the building over to the City for adaptive reuse as the City Hall. The $18 + million facility was designed by architect Bert Bender as a completely new structure within the historic outer walls of the 1920’s building. The Auditorium serves as the Commission Chambers, with two large scale fully restored WPA murals (circa 1935) flanking the dais, and all other areas serve as office spaces for the City’s many departments. The new construction meets modern building and hurricane code and is constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The building was dedicated on January 3, 2017, formally named Josephine Parker City Hall at Historic Glynn R. Archer School, after the former City Clerk Parker and long-serving educator and School Board Chairman Archer.

For more information, and to apply, please download and print the RFP from the Quick Links on our website at Application deadline is November 28, 2018 by 3:00 pm EST.

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