Open Call for Artist Proposals for The Monarch @ Chinatown [DEADLINE: Friday, October 16, 2020 by 5:00 PM PDT]

Call to all Central Valley Artists (Sacramento to Kern Counties)

The Monarch @ Chinatown


The Fresno Arts Council is accepting artist’s proposals for artwork to be created for The Monarch @ Chinatown housing community to be built at 1101 F Street in Chinatown, Fresno. Art is being sought for the interior wall in the lobby, artistically designed flower planters around the perimeter of the complex, bike racks, and outdoor signage. Additional project information including site picture and space dimensions, are available online here.

The proposal will include ideas for original work to be commissioned specifically for this site. This project calls for installations that are some or all the following: welcoming, bold, creative, durable, low maintenance, imaginative and reflective of the theme, i.e. Historic Chinatown or The Monarch.

All estimates should include cost of installation, labor, materials, and insurance. The proposed work will need to be approved by the Housing Authority Art Review Committee.

Property Description

The Monarch @ Broadway (1101 F Street)

The Monarch @ Chinatown is a four-story infill housing community that will create 57 units of quality, affordable housing and approximately 4,700 square feet of mixed-use commercial space in the heart of Chinatown, Fresno. The new housing development will eliminate a blighted parcel of vacant land to provide much needed revitalization. Future residents will live in a mixture of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units near Downtown Fresno.

The property is ideally located near several services, schools, grocery, and recreation areas. Within ¼ mile radius from the property there are (2) major transit stops that will be within walking distance. Lincoln Elementary School is located a half-mile from the project site, and within a 1-mile radius there is a FoodMaxx grocery store, Rite Aid pharmacy, and Clinica Sierra Vista. The Monarch @ Chinatown is located just one block away from the proposed High-Speed Rail Station.

Like all Fresno Housing developments, this property has been developed with an emphasis on sustainability and aesthetically pleasing designs that complement the surrounding neighborhood with the input of nearby stakeholders. The proposed exterior finishes shall be comprised of various environmentally friendly building materials, with a courtyard accessible to all residents that will have play structures and drought tolerant landscaping. Site amenities will include bike storage, a tot-lot and an outdoor seating area. The site will include a community room that will include a multipurpose room, computer lab, and office.

Project Purpose

This project has been described as the catalyst project to bring business and residents to the Chinatown area and a major contributor to neighborhood and economic revitalization. Through the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) process, the Monarch @ Chinatown has significant community support and is the only project providing much needed affordable housing.

The Monarch @ Chinatown brand was created with the vision of connecting to the past while transforming into an improved community that meets the needs of the existing stakeholders and neighbors. As part of the TCC historic community process, residents and community members identified this project as the start of the revitalization and transformation process, and the property has been designed to invest in the community culture. The project will also be the first zero-net energy affordable housing development. Residents will be provided with free transit passes, to encourage the use of public transportation.

Fresno Housing develops well-designed, quality housing that supports families, strengthens neighborhoods and builds vibrant communities.

Project Budget

We currently have a total of $85,500 allocated for this site for the installation of art.

It is possible to submit a proposal for more than one part of this project.

Total project cost cannot exceed allocated amount(s):
1. $3,500 for (4) bike racks.
2. $2,000/each for industrial grade planters
(4)12’ L x 2’ W x 1.5’ D
(1) 6’ L x 2 ’W x 1.5’ D
(1) 9’ L x 2’ W x 1.5’ D
3. $20,000 one metal signage “fin”
4. $50,000 one lobby mural (paint, mosaic tile or etched metal are some possibilities)

The Monarch @ Chinatown dimensions

Projected Calendar

Entry Deadline:
Submissions due by 5:00 PM PDT

Send To:
Fresno Arts Council
1245 Van Ness Avenue
Fresno, CA 93721

10/19/2020          Jury to narrow finalists – Artists notified

10/26/2020          Artists present concepts to selection Jury

10/30/2020          Artists notified

TBA         Artist submits Final design and installations requirements

Additional Information

The project is open to all experienced artists from the Central Valley, from Sacramento County to Kern County, age 18 or over.

A jury will select the finalists and then invite them for an interview.

The Fresno Arts Council reserves the right to make no selection in this process if the art presented is not appropriate.

All selected designs and final artwork become the property of the Fresno Housing Authority.

There is no entry fee.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit a flash drive by mail (use overnight service if necessary) – Please clearly label all materials with name, email, address, and phone number.
    • One-page letter of interest
    • One-page budget including all equipment, material, and insurance
    • Current resume – identify experience with public art or murals
    • Identify website URL, if you have one.
    • 10 images of current, relevant work. Images should be JPEG, a minimum of 300 dpi resolution
    • Image list, with number, title, media, size material and description
    • Up to 6 digital images of proposed work that includes title, media, size, date, and description
    • 3-5 reference letters with contact information
    • Prepaid, self-addressed stamped envelope if you want materials returned


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