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City of Berkeley’s Prequalified Public Art Consultant Roster 

Open Call for Public Art Consultants

Through this open call, the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Program will develop a roster of prequalified art consultants which will be in effect from July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2023. This roster will be utilized by private developers who opt to create on-site art for their project. 

Prospectus:

The City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Program is seeking qualified Public Art Consultants for the Public Art on Private Development Program. The City of Berkeley’s Public Art on Private Projects Ordinance requires developers to devote 1.75% of the total construction cost to publicly accessible art on the proposed development, or instead pay an in-lieu fee. Per City of Berkeley’s program guidelines, developers must engage the services of a Public Art Consultant. They may select a Public Art Consultant from this roster of pre-approved Public Art Consultants or may alternatively submit the qualifications of an individual not on the pre-approved list for Civic Arts Program approval. 

Please submit your qualifications to be considered for the “Prequalified Roster of Public Art Consultants” which will be in effect for almost three years (until December 31, 2023). This roster will be utilized by developers who are seeking an art consultant to manage the “Public Art” component of their building project in Berkeley. Consultants are contracted and paid directly by the developer and not through the City of Berkeley. 

The services may include, but are not limited to: develop the project’s public art plan, artist selection, interface with the City of Berkeley on approvals, provide expert project management, develop and manage artwork fabrication and installation, manage the art budget, and other duties as needed. 

Please visit our website to learn more about the Public Art on Private Development Program: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Public_Art_on_Private_Development_Program.aspx

Eligibility:

Open to all qualified professional public art consultants located in Northern California. A qualified Public Art consultant may be a curator, designer, or art consultant with proven experience of overseeing artist selection and management of art in public places. Consultants must demonstrate successful completion of three public art projects which may include:  commercial, residential, sculpture parks, or any publicly accessible on-site art projects. 

Deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020 at 5:00pm

How to Submit:

Please submit your application through Submittable below, including interest letter, resume, up to 15 images total of work sample documentation for the three completed public art projects, and annotated list detailing the image number, artist, artwork description, project location, building type, art budget, and art consultant’s role in the public art projects. 

Terms:

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract. The provisions of the Call for Consultants are subject to change. The Civic Arts Commission reserves the right to reject any entry submitted to this Call for Consultants.

Selection Process:

All qualifications submitted will be screened by the Chief Cultural Affairs Officer and approved by the Civic Arts Commission.

Contact Information:

Questions may be directed to civicarts@cityofberkeley.info 

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The City of Berkeley can assist you in obtaining financing for business expansion and other business needs

The City of Berkeley’s Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program can provide access to capital for businesses and entrepreneurs who seek to grow and retain/ create jobs, but do not qualify for a traditional bank loan. The RLF serves all commercial areas in the City. Loans are available for business expansion, purchase of fixed assets, tenant improvements and real estate.

Loan Amounts:
Typically vary between $35,000 and $50,000 though larger loan amounts up to $150,000 are possible.

Fixed Interest Rates:
 
WSJ Prime Interest Rate, at time of loan approval plus 2 percent.
  For the current rates click on the following link: Bank Rate.com

Loan Terms:
Up to 7 years

Loan Fees:
1% of loan amount, Document and Preparation Fee of $200 (payable with submittal)

Loan Collateral:
Required; Personal or Real Estate guarantee required of all principals with 20% or more interest in business

Equity Requirement:
10% of loan amount for existing businesses; 20% of loan amount for start-up businesses

Document Fee (Application Processing):
$200

To be considered, borrowers must meet these requirements: 

  1. Demonstrate retention and/or creation of employment opportunities in Berkeley
  2. Have firm commitments for other financial components of projects
  3. Demonstrate credit worthiness and ability to repay the loan
  4. Willing to comply with all regulations, policies and requirements as they relate to the program


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