Request For Proposals: Community Design Projects

Application Deadline: June 15, 2017

Artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation announce a request for small-scale, local design projects that utilize brick as a material component. Projects will be part of the final phase for Williams and Hernandez’s PXSTL artist commission, A Way, Away (Listen While I Say). Selected partners will work with Williams, Hernandez, local design professionals, and staff from the Pulitzer and the Sam Fox School to design and implement projects using recently salvaged bricks, giving the materials new life. Project locations will be selected by the partners. Proposals should consider the concept of healing, legacy, and public health, and can range from gathering spaces to home repair.

Up to three partners will be selected to collaborate in the summer and fall of 2017. This request for proposals is open to organizations, artists, individuals, and residents of the St. Louis region. Please see below for qualifying criteria. Partners will receive professional design and project management support and up to $2,500 to complete projects by November 1, 2017.

Criteria for Selection

The organizing team is looking for partners to work with artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez, local design professionals, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts on design-build projects that give bricks from the demolition of 3721 Washington Boulevard new life. Your proposal should demonstrate how this partnership would enhance your work, your willingness and capacity to engage in the design process, and your interest in collaboration. To be considered for this project, partners are required to:

  • Have existing ownership and/or permission to use property for project idea.
  • Have existing space to receive and store pallets of salvaged bricks until construction phase begins.
  • Designate a project liaison for communication with the team.
  • Participate in a partnership kick-off meeting/charrette with the artists and the team (date, times, and formats TBD).
  • Participate in a maximum of two additional creative consultation workshops (dates, times, and formats TBD) with a selected professional artist, architect, designer, and/or landscape architect.
  • Participate in project documentation (which may include video and/or photography) and evaluation activities.
  • Complete projects by November 1, 2017.

Selected Partners Will Receive:

  • Up to three pallets of salvaged bricks (1500 bricks total).

  • Up to $2,500 to be used for additional project materials, construction, permits, insurance, stipends to community laborers, programming, etc. to complete your project. Funds can also be used as matching to raise additional funds for project proposals. (Funds will be managed by the Pulitzer; any additional funds received would be managed by partners).

  • Maximum of three creative consultation workshops (dates, time, and format TBD) with a selected local professional artist, architect, designer, and/or landscape architect.

  • Delivery of pallets to partners’ sites.


Jun 15   

Mid - Late Jun

Late Jun

Jun - Jul

Jul - Aug

Sept - Nov

Applications Due

Finalist Conversations

Partners Announced

Design Meeting with Williams and Hernandez

Design Review and Refinement with Professionals

Design Implementation

Applications can be submitted electronically or by mail.
If applying online, please use this Form.

If applying by mail, please send to the following address: (applications must be received by Jun 15)
Sophie Lipman, Public Projects and Engagement Organizer
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108

For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
Sophie Lipman, Public Projects and Engagement Organizer
314-754-1850 ext.252