The Montopolis Recreation and Community Center is currently undergoing a rebuild and the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program will have various art installations within and on the property of the future center. Fidencio Duran is the Principal Artist for the AIPP work, which will consist of his art installation in the gymnasium and that of four other artists who will be announced at a later date. There is an Open Call for Artists now to apply for a commission to work on the project and the deadline to apply is February 21st. You can find more details about the application process here.
As the Principal Artist, Mr. Duran has held Community Engagement meetings for input from the general public about what they would like to see in the future art installation in the new facilities that will be co-operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Public Health Department.
The community at large and specifically the Montopolis residents (current and past) will be engaged for input on the development of the installation. A meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7 at Coronado Studio, 901 Vargas, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A brief questionnaire has been created for attendees of the meetings to help capture key input for the artworks to be placed in the MRCC. The questionnaire is also available to anyone who is not able to attend the meetings with the artist.
Artists interested in applying for one of the four commissions at the MRCC can obtain information via the link listed above and by contacting Anna.Bradley@austintexas.gov or (512) 974-7841. The next Artist Information meetings for help applying to this project will be on Saturday, February 9, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at PODER, 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St.
To contact Mr. Duran for more information and to obtain the questionnaire, please visit www.fidencioduran.com