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Public Art - Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition

Awarded to Bobby Magee Lopez on 2/22/2019

For the City Manager

The Traverse City Arts Commission is seeking to commission a new work of art to be placed in downtown Traverse City. The mural art will be completed by a commissioned artist. The proposed art will be located in the existing pedestrian tunnel located under Grandview Parkway at the intersection of Cass Street. The tunnel provides a safe pedestrian connection between downtown Traverse City and the waterfront and provides access to over 300,000 people annually. The project will be a rotating exhibition with the possibility that the artwork will be compiled into a collection. At a later date, the pieces in the collection could be displayed as its own exhibition or loaned to other art organizations, tribes, and communities to display.

The artwork will need to be transferable into a mural format and will be a digitally printed replication from original art. The original art will be prepared by a professional artist who will coordinate and oversee the printing. The original art will remain in the possession of the Arts Commission who may choose to display the art at another location or request the artist store the art. A digital copy will be provided to the Arts Commission.

The Clinch Park Tunnel Art Exhibition is a collaborative project together with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (Grand Traverse Band). The exhibition is currently being called the Mazinaadin Exhibition or “Make An Image”; however, the name has not been finalized. Grand Traverse Band Elders, Anishinaabemowin, and Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center will be providing technical and cultural support for programming of the exhibition. The Band will also be supporting the Arts Commission’s Art Selection Panel in reviewing artist qualifications, artist recommendation, and selection of art to the Arts Commission.

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