A Mural in Tribute to Maudelle Shirek

Maudell Mural Location

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This project is open to all artists in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

Application Deadline:  
Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2006 by the:

Civic Arts Program Office
Attention: Mary Ann Merker
Civic Arts Coordinator
2180 Milvia Street, 3rd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704

Late postmarks are not acceptable.

Late applications and faxed applications will not be accepted.  

The proposed location for the mural in tribute to Maudelle Shirek is the interior wall at the head of the upper landing of the main stairway to the City Council Chambers in Old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.  The wall space is approximately twelve feet wide, by six feet in height, allowing for the placement of display tables against the wall, beneath the mural.  The mural should be painted on durable panels or other medium, and appropriately framed and hung on the existing plaster wall of the hallway landing.  The mural must allow for removal during future construction improvements to the building.

Project Description
This public art project is intended to depict the life and works of one of Berkeley’s eminent proponents of civil rights and social responsibility, from her childhood in Jefferson, Arkansas, to her coming to Oakland and Berkeley in the 1940’s, and through her many years of direct involvement and community action projects.  Proposals for an artwork are being sought to reflect her public life and contributions to Berkeley and to the history of civil rights of this country. 

The proposed mural is a Public Art project of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, funded through the Percent for Art program.  Completion of the project is expected by late 2006.  Artists are referred to the Berkeley Central Library Reference Desk, at 2090 Kittredge Street, for more information about Maudelle Shirek.  Applicants can contact or visit the History Room of the Central Library on Tuesdays, Fridays, and on Saturdays, from 1 to 5 PM, for publications entitled, “Interview With Maudelle Shirek,” 1979,  “The Struggle Continues: Interview with Maudelle Shirek” 2000-2001 (Ref. no. 920 Sh648a, and a2.). These materials, including a newspaper-clipping file, also may be available from the Reference Desk during regular business hours.  The selected artist for this project will be expected to research this material and incorporate it into the finished artwork. 

In accordance with City of Berkeley Resolution No. 60,048-N.S. a contribution equal to 1.5% of eligible public capital projects is made to the Civic Arts Commission for the commission of Public Art.  The amount of the total commission for the proposed artwork is  $38,000.    

Personal History
Maudelle Shirek, born June 18, 1911, raised and educated in the segregated South, moved to California in the 1940's for employment during the War.  She has had a long and illustrious life dedicated to public service and to the care of her community.  She was the founder, and served as administrator of two Senior Centers and as a member of the Berkeley City Council for twenty years.   She has stood for the rights of individuals against discrimination and oppression in Berkeley, the US, and worldwide.  She was among the first to advocate for nondiscrimination in housing with leaders of the Fair Housing movement in Berkeley and statewide.

Budget Specifications
The specified budget amount of this commission shall cover all costs associated with design, fabrication, transportation, installation, insurances required of the Artist related to this work, and all tools, materials and labor costs required for the completion of the artwork commission.  In addition to the $38,000 allocated for the commission, the amount of $12,540 is allocated for administration costs including honoraria, printing, postage and related expenses, for a total project budget of $50,540.  An honorarium of up to $400 will be awarded to each of the finalists to cover the costs of preparation of a scaled rendering, or mock-up of each proposal.  These renderings or mock-ups will be installed for public viewing before the final selection panel date.  The full honoraria for the amount for the selected Artist’s mock up will be paid upon receipt of the mock up.  A contract with the City of Berkeley will be established with the awarded artist or team. If you apply as a team please name one person as the designated Team Leader. The contract will be between the City of Berkeley and the Team Leader. 

 Project Timeline

Proposals due 

March 31, 2006

First review panel 

April 13, 2006 (Agenda)

Scaled rendering/Mock-up

May 12, 2006

Final review panel

June 1, 2006

Project completion 

December 1, 2006

Please note that this is an estimated timeline and may be substantially revised to reflect changes based upon the availability of panelists and the Civic Arts Commission.

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