Ann Arbor Art Center seeks artists for new alleyway design challenges


ANN ARBOR, me. – The Ann Arbor Art Center is looking for artists, architects, designers and engineers for its new alley project.

The Alleyway Project: Activating Ann Arbors Alleys Through Art Design Challenge is the first project from A2AC Alleys, an initiative that focuses on redesigning overlooked pedestrian zones.

It is intended to highlight the potential of alleys and how their use through art, performances and events benefits the urban environment, the art center announced in an email.

“We want to rethink the streets of Ann Arbor; To breathe life into these adjoining rooms, to create a place, a destination in itself and to show the value, the meaning and the potential of these interspaces and the importance they have for our built urban fabric ”, says the project website.

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  • Submitting proposals is free of charge. Drafts can be submitted as a 36 “by 24” landscape board, including drawings and a project description.

  • The designs should be appealing and use the surrounding space. Possible locations are alleys along West Liberty Street and West Washington Street.

  • The installations selected for the project must remain in operation for at least one year, be safe for public use and be able to be installed on site within two weeks.

  • Creatives and teams are encouraged to submit their installation designs by Sunday July 11th.

The final design teams will be announced in the last week of July, the arts center said.

The submissions will be evaluated by a jury made up of nationally and internationally recognized designers, artists and urban planners as well as a local selection committee. Four will be selected for installation in alleys around the west side of Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

Selected proposal teams will receive $ 10,000-15,000 to create their design.

Development and installation should take place in October.

Find out more about the Alleyway project here.

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