Call for Artists: You Could Get $50,000 To Create Art For This Housing Redevelopment

by • May 7, 2014 • Architecture & Design, Community Development, Mid-CityComments (0)2875

Photo via artscouncilneworleans.org

Photo via artscouncilneworleans.org

Providence Community Housing, Enterprise Community Partners and L&M Development are working to redevelop the Lafitte Projects as affordable, mixed-income housing.

Those developers, along with the Arts Council of New Orleans, are seeking to commission new permanent exterior artwork at the development that will “enhance and celebrate” community.  They are offering $50,000 to the winning artist.  Applications are due May 15.

The original Lafitte public housing development was one of New Orleans’ oldest housing developments before being flooded and damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The redeveloped 27.5 acre site will be home to 517 affordable and market rate homes, with additional homes being built on scattered sites in the surrounding neighborhood.  The new Faubourg Lafitte includes 100 units in a nearly 100,000 sf apartment building for low-income seniors as well as more traditional low income housing.
The redevelopment restores the historical street grid that was erased when the original housing development was built in the early 1940’s, integrating the new buildings and residents into the city and providing for easier access to the surrounding areas.
It reconnects residents to essential supportive services, particularly those now offered at the reopened Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center.  The homes are being built in accordance with the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, incorporating healthy and energy-efficient building practices, materials and systems.

The RFP is looking to commission artwork with suggested themes like The old Lafitte Housing Project, The old Lafitte Project’s courtyards, African Heritage, Tremé, neighborhood history, Second Lines and New Orleans Brass and Marching Bands, or The Lafitte Greenway.

Download the entire RFP here.

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