Alabama African-American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium Request for Proposals – Exhibition Concept Development August 2019
The Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, managed by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, is a collaboration among 20 historic places of worship, lodging and civic engagement that played significant roles in the African American struggle for freedom. While recent history focuses on the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, these individuals and institutions have been dedicated to improving the quality of Black life since Reconstruction. The Consortium includes sites in Montgomery, Birmingham, Selma and the Black Belt. Nominated by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Consortium was named to the 2018 World Monuments Fund Watch of 25 globally significant sites facing compelling conservation challenges in October 2017. Since then, the sites have participated in needs assessments, trainings, public relations and documentation initiatives supported by the Educational Foundation of America, J.M. Kaplan Fund and World Monuments Fund.
Description of Need
The Alabama African-American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, seeks an experienced exhibition developer or curator to execute the concept development phase of the Call and Response (working title) exhibition project. The selected consultant will develop and propose multiple conceptual approaches for the exhibition, draft the concept document and exhibition storyline, and provide overall guidance on the exhibition development process, specifically during the concept phase. The consultant’s work product(s) will provide the conceptual framework and content parameters necessary to inform the RFP for the schematic design phase of the project.
The working title Call and Response is typically associated with African and African American musical traditions, but it also describes the activism that occurred at historic sites throughout Alabama in the struggle for African American freedom and equality. The need for action to combat racism, discrimination and disenfranchisement was the “call” and the “response” was the activism of individuals and institutions that comprise the Consortium. In fact, many of these institutions began in the late 1800s as part of a collective community “response.”
Ideally, the consultant’s exhibition proposal will reflect the idea that the modern civil rights era, typically dated in the mid-twentieth century, has a much longer history than is often interpreted. The sites that comprise the Consortium are testament to that long history and the consultant’s work product will bring this fact to light. During the term of the project, the consultant will work with members of the Consortium to determine the appropriate approach for the exhibition project, with two approaches:
*a travelling exhibition suitable for installation at community venues (including Consortium sites).
*a larger more fixed exhibition suitable for installation at larger venues such as museums or similar spaces.
Timeline, Budget, and Deliverables
The selected consultant’s work will begin in late summer 2019 and conclude by the end of 2019. The final work product which will include the final concept document and exhibition storyline should be executed per the proposed timeline outlined below. The proposed budget for work is not to exceed $20-25,000, including approved travel.
Tasks will include:
RFP Process and Timetable
Interested consultants should submit the following to be considered for Call and Response:
Request for Proposals distributed August 1, 2019
Proposals due August 26, 2019
Proposal review and phone consultations September 3-5, 2019
Selected consultant notified September 9, 2019
On-Site Meeting To be scheduled
Exhibition Approaches draft due October 15, 2019
Revised Exhibition Approach document due November 15, 2019
Final Concept document (including Storyline) due December 30, 2019
If you have questions regarding the proposal process, please contact:
Priscilla Hancock Cooper
Proposal materials should be submitted electronically no later than August 26, 2019 to:
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