May 5, 2021

Artist Proposals Requested by Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association for Public Project in Neighborhood Park

The Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association (GFNCA) is seeking proposals from artists for a public art project that will be installed in a new community park beside Fire Station 18, which is located at 12210 Georgia Ave.

The Call to Artists for Proposals is for an art project to be part of the park that is situated at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. Each of the artists submitting proposals named among the three-to-five semifinalists will receive $750 honoraria to expand upon, and present their proposals, to the community.

More information about the project and details about the request for proposals can be found at Proposals can be submitted through Sunday, June 6.

GFNCA received a $5,000 design grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. The winning proposal will be selected by the community and will be used to apply for a $20,000 implementation grant in August.

As part of a years-long visioning process, Montgomery County’s Department of General Services installed a playground and pavilion at the park, which it has named “Glenmont Forest Community Park.” However, GFNCA may work with the department on renaming the site in the future.

GFNCA, in partnership with the Silver Spring Civitan Club, installed a Little Free Library at the park this past winter.

The neighborhood association is now partnering with a local landscape architecture firm to design a natural, safe entrance to the park from Grandview Avenue. It is expected that the winning proposal will be installed in collaboration with the landscape architecture firm.

“This is another step in the process of creating a great park for our neighborhood,” said Jim Epstein, the GFNCA president. “The community has always wanted an entrance from Grandview Avenue and we are excited about the opportunity the Maryland State Arts Council has given us by teaming with Bradley Site Design. We are calling for artists to integrate art into the trail and possibly add a beautiful, visible piece at this gateway intersection that represents the rich diversity of our neighborhood community.”