New logo will embody the three meanings of “Art Works”
Today, at a visit to a graphic design class at the Design and Architecture Senior High school (DASH) in Miami’s Wynwood/Design District, Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a request for proposals (RFP) for a new “Art Works” logo; the RFP is available at www.arts.gov/grants/apply/RFP/artworksdesign.html.
At the announcement, Chairman Landesman was joined by DASH principal Stacey Mancuso, arts advocate and patron Lin Arison, gallerist David Castillo, director of The Wolfsonian-FIU Cathy Leff, architect Terry Riley, and NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. The visit to DASH was part of the Chairman’s latest stop on his “Art Works” tour across America; he was in Miami to see the role that design, architecture, and artists play in creating the greater Miami area we know today.
When used by the Chairman, the phrase “art works” has three meanings: “art works” are the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other works of art that are the creation of artists; “art works” describes the effect of art on audiences and viewers, art works to transport, transform, inspire, and challenge us; and “art works’ is a reminder that arts workers are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country’s real economy.
While visiting with senior students in a graphic design class at DASH, the Chairman announced the RFP that invites proposals for a new “Art Works” logo for the NEA. The proposed logos should incorporate all three of the meanings of “Art Works” and tie them to the NEA in such a way that the proposed logo might be used alone or in conjunction with the NEA’s current logo.
Chairman Landesman said, “Those two words – “art works” – pretty much sum up everything we are about at the NEA, and I hope you will see them everywhere. Art, artists, and arts professionals work to change the communities they inhabit: they are placemakers and help create livable, sustainable, complete communities. I look forward to having a logo that conveys that.”
Dr. Mancuso said, “We were thrilled that Rocco chose DASH as the location to announce this RFP. Our students represent the next generation of design professionals, and it means a lot that the NEA is actively looking to connect with the future of the field, in addition to their work with emerging and already established masters.”
Complete information about the RFP requirements and instructions for submitting may be found at www.arts.gov/grants/apply/RFP/artworksdesign.html. Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, February, 26, 2010. Potential proposers must direct all inquiries to Latonca Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 682-5476.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases. Please visit www.arts.gov.
About the Design and Architecture Senior High
Located in the heart of Miami, Florida’s Design District, the Design and Architecture Senior High is dedicated to educating talented students to become confident and innovative thinkers through interdisciplinary challenges in the visual arts in preparation for college and a career in the design world. DASH offers outstanding opportunities in academics and design at the standard, honors, and advanced placement levels. Academic programs include college preparatory courses, professional mentoring, and instruction in the fields of architecture and interior design, entertainment technology, fashion design, fine arts foundation, industrial design, and visual communications. Please visit www.dashschool.org.
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