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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Attention all artists!

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL- First Friday Las Vegas

Issuing group: First Friday Las Vegas, LLC (hereinafter “FFLV”).

Project: for August First Friday Las Vegas event entitled "Wonderland" (hereinafter “Event”).... exploring scope, fantasy, surrealism. All things which inspire awe and wonder.

Description: FFLV is calling artists (groups & individuals), performers & sound artists (hereinafter “Proposers”) to help bring “Wonderland” to life this August.

We are looking for whimsical, magical, & wondrous installations that nod to surrealism (reference Salvador Dali, Rene Magrite, Joan Miro, Grave, Man Ray, Henri Rousseu, Frida Kahlo, Mark Ryden, David Stoupakis, Lewis Carroll)

All submissions must be about wonder in its many forms. A nod to Alice in Wonderland is NOT a requirement (but is welcome).

The Event is attended by people of all ages and proposals should keep this in mind.

Deadline for Submission: Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Selections made, submitters informed no later than: Monday, July 14th, 2014 via email and their designated preferred method of communication.
Deadline for final specifications, plans, requirements, etc. will be Friday, July 25th, 2014. Note, FFLV reserves the right to relocate, modify, or adjust the final installment should event circumstances require. Every effort will be made to maintain the artistic values and integrity of the installation.
Approved submissions must be executed, built, delivered, and installed by 3:30 PM Friday, August 1st and must have the ability to be broken down and removed by no later than 8AM the following morning, Saturday August 2nd.

Submissions should generally fit onto a 20’x20’ paved space on Casino Center Drive.

Submissions must include:
-Proposer’s full Name of main contact and a secondary contact
-Contacts’ Phone Numbers
-Contacts’ E-mails
-Preferred method of communication
-Full written description of your concept accompanied by sketches, illustrations, dimensions, description of materials, ALL operating requirements including power specifications, etc should be included. The more descriptive your submission, the better. (FFLV will provide a reasonable amount of power on site.)

Submissions to be submitted to FFLV:
In person at the First Friday offices above The Beat coffee shop at 520 Freemont St. Las Vegas, 89101;
By mail at 520 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, 89101;
or electronically to FFLV at submissions@firstfridaylasvegas.com with a file size limit of approximately 7MB.

Proposer must certify that the work you are submitting is original or a work that may be derivative from work in the public domain or is allowed under US Copyright law (refer to the Unites States Patent & Trademark Office for more information); if performing, that you have or have obtained the legal right to perform your work.

If selected, your work will be displayed in a public art festival...and although attendees are generally respectful of works, participants assume all risks for their projects. FFLV will not provide protection, insurance or guarantee against damage or destruction, nor any indemnification for you, or your collaborators. By activating at the festival, proposer agrees to indemnify and hold FFLV and its agents harmless against any and all claims, demands, damages, liabilities and costs incurred at the festival, which directly or indirectly result from, or arise in connection with the project or proposer’s intentional or negligent acts related to activities at the festival, including the building and managing of Proposer’s project.

Ownership of work: Submitter will retain ownership of any work displayed or performed at First Friday under the terms of this RFP. By participating in the Event you acknowledge and agree to grant FFLV the right to record, film, photograph, or capture your likeness and images of your project in any media now available or hereinafter developed and to distribute, broadcast, use, or otherwise globally to disseminate, in perpetuity, such media without any further approval from you or any further payment to you. This grant to FFLV includes, but is not limited to, the right to edit such media, use the media alone or together with other information, and the right to allow others to use or disseminate the media.

Award: First Friday Las Vegas, LLC will judge all the works awarding one Grand Prize of a $10,000 commission for a subsequent work or performance to be completed which will become the property of FFLV and will be displayed at another FFLV event. Theme, parameters, and completion deadline for this subsequent commissioned work to be mutually agreed upon. Proposer understands that the selection process and decision of FFLV as to the winner is final and at their sole and absolute discretion. This award will be made and the winner informed no later than Friday, August 8th, 2014.

Brian Paco Alvarez enculturating Las Vegas into the millennium...

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