The South Loop is uniquely positioned and home to the Mall of America, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, numerous hotels, 4 light rail transit stations, a residential area, and significant new development opportunities. The City of Bloomington adopted a long-range plan to transform the area into a densely populated, walkable urban neighborhood featuring new housing, a variety of businesses, world-class recreation, entertainment options, and hospitality. In 2014 the City of Bloomington and Artistry initiated a Creative Placemaking Plan knowing that the arts and other creative activities can transform the neighborhood physically, socially, and culturally. The goals of the Plan are to create Urbanism, Animation, Involvement, Leadership, and Investment. Bloomington’s largest creative placemaking project to date, the South Loop Sculpture and its accompanying South Loop signage will enhance South Loop’s identity and branding and expand on the creative enthusiasm and enjoyment already experienced in the South Loop. The sculpture will increase the visibility of the district by being a notable and distinctive element of surprise and delight. Ideally the sculpture will reflect the unique history or assets of South Loop while embracing the City of Bloomington’s vision for the South Loop, elicit interest, excitement and enjoyment from people of diverse ages and backgrounds. STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? We encourage interested applicants to learn more about South Loop and the Creative Placemaking Plan by visiting blm.mn/placemaking. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inquire about any portion of the RFQ that is not fully understood or susceptible to more than one (1) interpretation. Written inquiries are required. Oral communications will not be accepted, except to confirm delivery of proposal or written correspondence. All inquiries, questions, or clarifications must be submitted not later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the due date of this RFQ. Those inquiries, questions, or clarifications submitted after this date will not be answered. All inquiries will be responded to within three (3) business days. Exception: Inquiries will not be responded to from December 22 – January 1. Please do not ask other City or Artistry personnel questions, as information gathered from other sources may not reflect the correct position or interest and could result in disqualification. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) addendum related to this RFQ will be updated as questions come in and can be found at http://blm.mn/sculptureFAQ. Any other questions regarding this Request for Qualifications may be directed to the contact below prior to January 25, 2019. Please direct questions to: Rachel Daly, Director of Visual Arts, Artistry: firstname.lastname@example.org All questions concerning the RFQ must reference the page number, section heading, and paragraph. Questions may be submitted via email. Please place “South Loop Sculpture RFQ Question” in the subject line. The City of Bloomington does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs, or activities. Upon request, this information can be available in Braille, large print, audio tape and/or electronic format. RESPONSIBILITIES OF SELECTED ARTIST/TEAM DISPOSITION OF RESPONSES (1) All materials submitted in response to this RFQ will become the property of the City and will become public record after the evaluation process is completed and an award decision made. If the Artist submits information in response to this RFQ that it believes to be trade secret materials, as defined by the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes 13.37, the Artist must: Clearly mark all trade secret materials in its response at the time the response is submitted by indicating in writing the specific page number(s) and paragraph(s) classified as trade secret and therefore nonpublic; and (2) Include a statement in the Letter of Interest with its response justifying the trade secret designation for each item and defend any action seeking release of the materials it believes to be trade secret, and indemnify and hold harmless the City, its agents and employees, from any judgments or damages awarded against the City in favor of the party requesting the materials, and any and all costs connected with that defense. This indemnification survives the City’s award of a contract. In submitting a response to this RFQ, the Artist agrees that this indemnification survives as long as the trade secret materials are in possession of the City. The City is required to keep all the basic documents related to its contracts, including responses to the RFQ for a minimum of seven (7) years. The City will not consider the prices submitted by the Artist to be proprietary or trade secret materials. Responses to this RFQ will not be open for public review until the City decides to pursue a contract and that contract is executed. Please note: The following information and the attached form of agreement sample are for the consideration of any interested applicant. This information is provided so that all applicants have a better understanding of their responsibilities and requirements should they be selected and contracted by the City of Bloomington for this project. Agreement is subject to change. CONTRACT TERMS The clauses included in the sample form of agreement (Attachment A) will be included in the contract between the City and the Artist that has been chosen to provide the Services described herein and in the Artist’s Proposal. Any exceptions to the contract terms and conditions included in the RFQ must be identified in the submitted Proposal. INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS Artist shall maintain insurance coverage, naming City as additional insured, as described in Attachment A. The Artist shall not commence work until all insurance has been obtained and copies have been filed and accepted by the City. The Artist shall be responsible for maintaining a valid certificate of insurance throughout the term of the Contract, as required in the sample agreement.