July 2018

NRCA, Ward Acres Community Garden Announce Public Art RFP

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts, in collaboration with the Ward Acres Community Gardens Arts Committee and the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation, has announced an RFP for the creation of a new public art installation to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the garden. The RFP asks for artists to submit their proposals for a sculpture or 3-D art work that will serve as a focal point within the perennial garden at the WACG entrance.


“The idea behind this project is to celebrate the success of the community garden,” says Maggie McGovern, one of the WACG founders. In addition to McGovern the WACG steering committee includes Joe Rogot and Stephanie Tomei.


The selected artist will receive $1,000 for creation and installation of the piece, plus a $1,000 stipend. Work in any medium will be considered, with preference for aluminum or tin (traditional 10th anniversary materials), and the medium must be weather resistant and designed to last in a permanent outdoor site. Submissions will be accepted through June 1,  2018, with the work expected to be installed by October 1st. Complete details are available on line at newrochellearts.org.


 Nestled in a meadow of Ward Acres (the entrance is near the intersection of Quaker Ridge and Broadfield Roads), the Ward Acres Community Garden was created in 2009 with the idea of “Building Community from the Ground Up.”


“Happily, our garden reflects the richly diverse community that makes up the City of New Rochelle,” says Stephanie Tomei. “Our gardeners are a mosaic of the ages and people from the Queen City of the Sound.”


In 2011, the WACG worked with NRCA on another piece of public art, a mosaic seating area titled “The Meeting Place,” that was created by children from the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle working under the direction of ceramic artist Judith Weber. “We are delighted to be working again with the Ward Acres Community Garden,” says Theresa Kump Leghorn, President of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts. She explains that the New Rochelle Council on the Arts has a commitment to sponsoring public art and creating collaborations with other city organizations to create projects which enhance its mission. “The NRCA has been a leader in creating public art for New Rochelle, from one of the first mural installations downtown – Steal Away by Jeff Schlanger, which was unveiled at 41 Lawton Street in 2008 --  to the Fleur-de-Lys project in 2014,” she adds. “NRCA believes public art is important because it enhances quality of life and brings art into the every day experience of the entire community, while demonstrating civic pride and defining a positive sense of identity.”


For more information please contact the New Rochelle Council on the Arts at info@newrochellearts.org.



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