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Call To Artist for Ballou Senior High School

Proposal Delivery Location: Department of General Services

Att’n: JW Lanum

Frank D. Reeves Center

2000 14th Street, NW

Contracts & Procurement Division, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20009


Contact: Kim Gray

Department of General Services

2000 14th Street, NW

8th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20009


Phone: (202) 724-4121


Solicitation Number: DCAM-14-NC-0079



The Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to engage individual artists and artistic teams (Artist) to respond to this Call to Artists with professional qualifications in addition to a proposal of site-specific artistic capital improvements for the new Ballou High School, located at 3401 4th Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20032 in the Congress Heights Community of Ward 8. The Artists shall develop a new original permanent work of art made specifically for the site that reflects the history of the Congress Heights Community, Washington, D.C. and Ballou Senior High School.


There are two (2) selection processes:

Request for Qualifications (RFQ), whereby an Artist and/or Team submits images of prior work public art projects demonstrating five years of site –specific public art experience.





The finalist will be selected through an Art Selection Committee selection process. This will be a commission for a new original permanent work of art made specifically for the site.


Conduct semi‐finalists site visits and community input session(s). Submittal of a site specific design proposal




Site Specific Proposals shall include or consider the following:

Fabricated from durable, low-maintenance material that can withstand the elements and requires minimal maintenance.

Incorporate context of the Ward 8 community, with sensitivity to the history, traditions and iconography that uplift the pride of the community.

Adhere to requisite ADA and safety regulations.

Engaging and enjoyable to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.


Community Context

About Ballou Senior High School:

Ballou High School was founded in the early 1960s to serve residents in the southern part of Anacostia, including Congress Heights, Washington Highlands, and Bellevue. The school was named for Dr. Frank Washington Ballou, superintendent of the DC public schools from 1920 to 1943. The new Ballou High will be a signature $140 million flag school for the District of Columbia.



Developing and graduating globally competitive students for college, careers and leadership



Facilitate high-quality instruction, provide a safe and effective learning environment and offer a continuum of student and family support services



The philosophy of Ballou High School embodies the belief that all children can learn and benefit from an intensive academic program delivered within the context of a nurturing and structured school environment.


Ballou provides each student with a wide-range of opportunities and challenging experiences to expand his/her world, vast academic and extra-curricular activities to increase his/her knowledge, and leadership opportunities that will equip him/her to take an active role in society.


Ballou High School offers a balanced curriculum in the humanities and sciences based on clearly articulated academic standards. Mathematics, Science, English, Technology and Social Studies are the backbone of our student’s education and enhance the study of other subject areas, by providing a broad context in which to better understand them. The curriculum is geared to prepare each student for success on the secondary level.


Additional Resources:

District of Columbia Public Schools Ballou Senior High School Profile:



Ballou STAY Profile:



Communities that Ballou Senior High School Serves:

Anacostia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacostia

Congress Heights: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_Heights

Washington Highlands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Highlands,_Washington,_D.C.

Bellevue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellevue_(Washington,_D.C.)