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CALL FOR ARTISTS! NEORSD Project Clean Lake

CALL FOR ARTISTS! NEORSD Project Clean Lake

PROJECT DESCRIPTION The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) is constructing $3B worth of new infrastructure over the next twenty plus years, with the goal of reducing sewage and dangerous runoff from entering Lake Erie. This program, called Project Clean Lake, is comprised of a series of projects throughout NEORSD’s service area, comprised of 60 communities and over one million residents. Project Clean Lake projects are large and take several years to complete, but will result in a significant decrease in the amount of sewage and other storm-related contaminants polluting Lake Erie—ultimately resulting in a cleaner, safer, more sustainable, and more beautiful lake, streams, and beaches.   Throughout their construction and once completed, these project sites create opportunities for artists to connect with Project Clean Lake’s mission of environmental stewardship in public locations. NEORSD is interested in:  ·         Creative treatments of construction sites/construction fencing; ·         Promoting a better public understanding of NEORSD’s sustainability efforts and environmental impact; ·         Creating public open spaces; and ·         Beautifying project locations both now and in the future To these ends, NEORSD has partnered with LAND studio (LAND) and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to provide opportunities for artists and designers to create new works of public art that respond to NEORSD’s environmental goals, beautify construction sites, create amenities when construction is completed, and provide information to residents, ratepayers, and others.   Because NEORSD is working on a number of projects across its service area, the depth and scope of these public art projects are anticipated to vary, depending on location, visibility, accessibility, and other factors.   NEORSD anticipates completing several public art projects each year. Project timelines, adjacent stakeholders, and physical landscape are among some of the many variables that will be different for each project. In order to make artist selection efficient—both for NEORSD and for artists interested in being considered for these projects—LAND and TPL are administering a Call for Artists that is seeking artists who work in any medium to submit their portfolios and an artist statement.   Artists need only to submit to this Call for Artists one time and can be considered by NEORSD for future projects for the next several years. If an artist is selected as a candidate for a specific project, LAND or TPL staff will contact the artist to share information regarding timeline, budget, and   project goals. Artists will maintain the right to accept to participate in a particular project or not based on their availability and interest; participation in one project does not preclude participation in a future project.

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