Electric Works Parking Garage Mural Project- Fort Wayne, IN

  • Commissioning Entity

    Electric Works Mural Committee

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Alex Hall

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    The Electric Works campus first became a center of industrial innovation in 1883. Early entrepreneurs wereexperimenting with electricity when the Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Company was founded by visionary Ranald T. McDonald and inventor James Jenney. Around the turn of the century, Thomas Edison’s fledgling General Electric Co. acquired the business and got busy. At its peak in 1944, the height of WWII, GE employed about a third of Fort Wayne’s workforce. For more than eight decades, the campus churned out electric motors, electrical transformers, and more electronic wonders.

    In 2015, GE closed the campus to stay competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. For more than five years, 39 acres, eighteen historic buildings, and more than 1.2 million square feet of space in the heart of Fort Wayne sat vacant, waiting for the chance to be reborn and to generate new experiences and new ideas. In 2017, RTM Ventures acquired the property and crafted a plan with the community for a mixed-use development that would become Electric Works.

    Ancora, of RTM Ventures, is the master developer of Electric Works. With a strategic focus on urban redevelopment and a commitment to community revitalization, the principals of RTM Ventures have developed over $1 billion of real estate in Indiana and across the United States. The principals each bring a unique and extensive track record in sophisticated capital structures, public/private partnerships, brownfield redevelopment, historic adaptive reuse, as well as the application of federal, state, and local tax credit and economic development incentive programs. The name RTM Ventures honors Ranald T. McDonald, the early entrepreneur who first launched the Fort Wayne Jenney Electric Light Co. in the late 1800s.

    Today, Electric Works’s adaptive re-use of the 700,000 square foot campus includes a range of office spaces, a high school, healthtech innovation center, food hall, health clinic, numerous public spaces hosting a range of events, and soon apartments and a childcare facility. Electric Works serves as the heart of innovation, collaboration, programming and cultural change for Northeast Indiana.

    Project Overview: During the Request for Qualifications, RFQ Phase, PHASE I, an Electric Works Mural committee review panel will evaluate initial RFQ application responses according to the criteria outlined within the Prospectus. Up to 3 artists or groups of artists whose proposed qualifications demonstrate, in the review panel’s sole opinion, the qualifications that best fulfill the purposes of this project will move to the finalist selection phase, PHASE II. In PHASE II artists will be hired to create proposal concepts based on the project theme. Those proposals will undergo a jury review. The selected artist in PHASE II will be contracted to implement their mural concept in Fort Wayne, IN in 2024. If a satisfactory design concept is not approved by the Electric Works Mural Committee and/or the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission, this project may not move forward.

    Applicant Eligibility
    · Applicant(s) must be willing to sign an indemnification agreement, a hold harmless waiver, and a photo release waiver;
    · Applicant(s) must be prepared to provide proof of insurance;
    · Applicant(s) must be 18 or older;
    · Applicant(s) must be able to travel to Fort Wayne, IN to install the mural in 2024;
    · Applicant(s) must be able to provide tax documentation and be eligible to work in the USA in 2024;
    · Applicant(s) must be willing to participate in a dedication ceremony, interviews, an artist talk, and/or conduct demonstrations/presentations.
    · Applicant(s) must be willing to participate in a local artist apprentice program.

    Please see commission document for full project information and application instructions.Click here for the application form.