Columbia Land Conservency
Chatham, New York, United States
CLC seeks partnership with artist(s) to complete the following activities at Greenport Conservation Area, located in Greenport, NY:
CLC manages the Greenport Conservation Area (GCA) for year-round passive recreational activities and permits a variety of non-motorized passive recreational modalities on the trail system. This includes but is not limited to walking, running, cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. The site is visited nearly 20,000 times per year by Columbia County residents and visitors. Greenport Conservation Area is located on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the Indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.
This work is supported in part by a grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program. The project will be supervised by CLC staff and will involve a team of professionals providing administrative support, community outreach, communications, and work plan review. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of CLC staff, board members, and volunteers.
Project 1: Kiosk replacement ($5,000) Artist will replace the existing kiosk located along the Access for All Trail, an ADA-accessible trail. The current kiosk is a six-panel, roofed structure on flagstones with some built-in benches. CLC staff are available to remove the old structure. The location is frequently used as a meeting place or lunchtime spot, and several mature trees provide ample shade.
Successful proposals for replacing the kiosk should focus on creating ADA accessible seating and connecting visitors to the natural and cultural resources of the site in a semi-permanent structure (lifespan ideally at least 10 years). Any print signage should follow National Parks Service’s accessibility guidelines for interpretive material. CLC staff are able to provide contextual information on the property and a copy of accessibility standards. This location can be accessed with a motor vehicle. Light and sound installations are prohibited. The use of natural materials is encouraged. Artists should be prepared for the potential of vandalism and have a plan in place for addressing it.
Project 2: Gazebo replacement ($27,000) Artist will create a proposal for and construct a new gazebo overlooking the Hudson River, located along the Access for All Trail. The current gazebo has fallen into disrepair due to age and colonization by insects. CLC staff will work with the selected artist to create a plan for removal of the old structure, and may be able to assist in recruiting volunteers for a community workday to build the new gazebo, if the artist is interested.
Successful proposals for replacing the gazebo should focus on creating ADAaccessible seating and celebrating the natural and/or cultural resources of the site in a semi-permanent structure (lifespan ideally at least 15 years). Proposals should also consider difficulty of repairing or replacing portions of the gazebo over time as the structure ages. This location can be accessed with a motor vehicle. Light and sound installations are prohibited. The use of natural materials is encouraged. Artists should be prepared for the potential of vandalism and have a plan in place for addressing it.
Project 3: Creation of a river-themed art trail ($5,000) Artist will create a river-themed art installation along the Dogwood Trail and Hickory Lane
Successful proposals should focus on engaging visitors with the world around them without detracting from the natural setting. Arrangements can be made with CLC staff to access the site with a vehicle. Light and sound installations are prohibited. The use of natural materials is encouraged. Artists should be prepared for the potential of vandalism and have a plan in place for addressing it, as well as a plan to remove the installation at the end of November, 2023.
Cover letter including expression of interest, name, location, and contact information. Proposal should include:
Submit via e-mail as a single PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Greenport Conservation Area Improvements.” Proposals must be received by 5:00 pm EST on November 30, 2022 to be considered.
Please see commission document for full project information and instructions