RFP: Samatar Crossing

  • Commissioning Entity: City of Minneapolis
  • Budget: $120000
  • Open Date: 2018-09-20
  • Commissioning Location: United States
  • Geographic Eligibility: All
  • Close Date: 2018-10-10

Brief Description

The City of Minneapolis is seeking up to 3 artists to collaborate on the design of public artwork for Samatar Crossing. Artists of any discipline – including spoken word, poetry, graphic design, and visual arts – are invited to apply. Samatar Crossing is named in honor of Hussein Samatar, a former Minneapolis School Board member who was the first Somali-American elected to public office in Minneapolis. The crossing is symbolic of Hussein Samatar’s life and values. Samatar spent his life making connections between immigrant communities – especially the Somali community – and the mainstream. The bridge serves as a reminder of his work – as a reconnection between downtown and the West Bank, neighborhoods that represent the mainstream and Somali communities respectively. Samatar Crossing spans Interstate I-35, serving as a connector between downtown and the Downtown East Neighborhood and the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood.