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TKAAM announces invitation for Dockum Memorial design proposals
Kansas Health Foundation Grant will fund memorial honoring black youths’ segregation fight The Kansas African American Museum is now accepting design proposals for a new memorial downtown honoring the legacy of the 1958 Dockum Drugstore sit-in, the nation’s first, successful, student-led sit-in.
If interested in this call for artists, please contact TKAAM’s Executive Director Mark McCormick at:, by May 30, 2017. After requests are considered, approved applicants will be required to submit the requisite documentation by June 30, 2017.
Organizers plan to have a memorial established by July 2018, the 60th anniversary of the historic sit-in.
“The Dockum sit-in is an example of both the racial inequity that occurred in 1958 and the efforts of engaged citizens to work for positive community change,” said Kansas Health Foundation President and CEO Steve Coen, whose organization is funding the effort. “We just thought this historic event really needs to be recognized.”
Prospective artists will be asked for the following:
1. A short presentation/bio of the artist, with references to the artists’ website, if applicable, phone number and e-mail address.
2. A short presentation of the candidate’s artwork including photos of any publicly installed art.
3. A short description of how the artist proposes to commemorate the event based on feedback from the community advisory group, KHF and Ambassador Hotel. Attached to this RFP are field notes from community meetings.
4. A list of references containing client contact information of commissioned art pieces.
5. A projected cost to complete the assignment.
The timeline is:
• May 8, 2017 RFP for Memorial Design is Released
• May 30, 2017 Calls of interest must be complete
• June 30, 2017 Applications due
• June 30, 2018 Art completion date
• July 19, 2018 Dedication of the memorial on the 60th Anniversary recognition of the Dockum Drug Store Sit-In.
For more information:
Contact Mark E. McCormick at The Kansas African American Museum at:
“The Kansas African American Museum endeavors to make the Kansas African American experience resonant with EVERY Kansan.”
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