Request for Qualifications: Restorative Care Villages

LA County Department of Arts and Culture






Project Budget: Varies: $75,000-$350,000

Project Locations: Antelope Valley Restorative Care Village

LAC-USC Restorative Care Village

Olive View UCLA Restorative Care Village

Rancho Los Amigos Restorative Care Village


DATE ISSUED: June 6, 2019             DUE DATE: July 11, 2019


The Department of Arts and Culture Art Civic Art Program (Civic Art) is inviting emerging and established professional artists residing or working within the United States to respond to this national RFQ.


This RFQ will establish a Roster of Artists for all Restorative Care Villages for both purchases of existing artworks and site-specific commissioned artwork.


The County of Los Angeles is building four of the County's first residential mental health and wellbeing campuses to address a continuum of needs for the population experiencing homelessness.


The Restorative Care Villages will provide a new kind of environment for this vulnerable population, one with a comprehensive, holistic approach to the interrelated and complex needs of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, job training/housing, and medical co-morbidity. 


The Restorative Care Villages are scheduled to open by Summer 2021. This Civic Art RFQ will establish a roster of Artists for all Restorative Care Villages for both purchases of existing artworks and site-specific commissioned artwork. For commissioned artworks, this Restorative Care Villages Civic Art Roster will be used to select finalists for requests for proposals (RFPs) to be issued in Summer 2019.



Each Restorative Care Village is composed of several independent yet interrelated facilities that are essential components of a broader strategy to help residents in need become independent and functioning members of society. Each Restorative Care Village will be made up of several free-standing buildings centered around a courtyard. The facilities that compose the Villages each have their own staff and their own dedicated outdoor space.  


Facilities in the Village may include:

  • The Restorative Care Center (RCC) provides transitional housing for homeless residents with continuing recovery needs. In this setting, individuals experiencing homelessness have the time to recover from previously treated health issues. 


  • The Crisis Residential Treatment Program (CRTP) provides short term housing for residents with mental health issues or residents who might pose a threat to themselves or society. A CRTP facility can address specific segments of the population experiencing homelessness, such as youth or residents on probation.


  • The Psychiatric Urgent Care Center (PUCC) provides short term care for crisis stabilization and ready clients to transition to the CRTP for further care.


  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) provides clinically enriched forms of interim housing offering on-site nursing support, health oversight, case management, and linkages to permanent housing to serve patients who have been discharged.



Civic Art is an essential element of the vision and implementation of the Restorative Care Villages. The artworks will resonate with the facility’s clients, visitors, and staff with the overarching goal of the artwork to help create a healing living environment for those in need of physical and mental assistance. The artwork should contribute to providing a home-like setting within an institutional framework. Mental wellness and physical safety are both of paramount importance. 


The following areas serve as potential artwork locations for the Villages based on the conceptual design proposals:


Art Purchase:

    • Lobby - each facility has a small Lobby on the ground floor
    • Living Room - some facilities have open Living Rooms for residents on every level


  • Exterior Spaces



Commissioned Civic Artwork:

  • Lobby - each facility has a small Lobby on the ground floor
  • Living Room - some facilities have open Living Rooms for residents on every floor
  • Exterior Facade(s) facing the courtyard
  • Exterior Spaces (including but not limited to flooring, seating, or landscape)


Note: As the safety and well-being of the clients at the Restorative Care Villages is a primary concern, all artists will be required to comply with strict artwork guidelines, including security hanging and eased corners.

Fig. 2: Conceptual Rendering of Exterior Spaces for LAC-USC Restorative Care Village by NAC Architects.  


Estimated artwork budgets will range from $75,000-$350,000.



June 18, 2019 RFQ Process Workshop (optional)

July 11, 2019 Deadline for RFQ Submissions

Summer, 2019 Artist Selection for Restorative Care Villages Artist Roster

Summer/Fall, 2019 Issuance of RFP for Commissioned Artwork


rfq process workshop (optional)

Potential applicants are invited to discuss the RFQ process with Civic Art, including the Restorative Care Villages RFQ and strategies for successful portfolio submissions. Questions raised in the workshop will be posted publicly on the Department of Arts and Culture’s website a week after the workshop.


Date and time: Tuesday, June 18, 2019; 6:30-7:30 pm

Location: Department of Arts and Culture

1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800

Los Angeles, CA 90017


RSVP: Required by Thursday, June 13, 2019

Please RSVP to [email protected]

SUBJ: Restorative Care Villages Workshop



This RFQ is open to emerging and established professional artists residing or working within the United States. Artists who have previous artwork in the County’s Civic Art Collection will be eligible if this project has a higher budget than their previously commissioned project or if the Artist has not completed a Civic Art project with the Department of Arts and Culture for five years.



Civic Art strives to create artworks which reflect aesthetic and technical quality, innovation, site-specificity, and civic engagement.


Artists and artist teams will be selected based on their qualifications, as demonstrated by the quality of their past work and suitability of their artistic expression for this particular program. Artist applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:


Artist Selection Criteria

Artworks - for both Art Purchase and Commission

  • Proven artistic merit and strong professional qualifications that demonstrate the artist’s ability to achieve the guiding principles of Civic Art: aesthetic and technical quality, innovation, site specificity, civic engagement, and the ability to transform a space and user experience.
  • Ability to create artwork for the clients and staff indicated in this RFQ


for Commission only

  • Artist or artist team demonstrate ability to effectively assess the spatial and technical conditions of an architectural space and propose an integrated, easily maintainable, permanent artwork.

Process - for Commission only

  • Artist or artist team to demonstrate the ability to work with a multidisciplinary team (for example: government agencies, architects, and engineers)

Budget - for Commission only  

    Artist or artist team must demonstrate the affordability of the project in                                                     

      preliminary budget and final budget before fabrication

    Artist or artist team demonstrates prior project(s) completed     

      within budget projections


-Only artists who meet these criteria should apply-



Application materials must be received on or Thursday, July 11, 2019 | 5PM PST. Any application materials received after the specified date and time will be rejected, considered non-responsive, and returned to the Artist.


Submit the following materials:


  1. Resume
    • Including name, mailing address, phone number(s), fax, email, and web page (if applicable)  
    • Include a team bio if applying as an artist team. Resume should not exceed three (3) pages


  1. A maximum one-page letter of interest, addressing:
  • Whether your RFQ is for the Arts Purchase or Commissioned Civic Artwork or both
  • Your artistic practice, your sources of inspiration, and your method for developing high quality, innovative, and timelessly meaningful artwork
  • Why this project interests you


  1. In one page (maximum) address this additional information for Commissioned Civic Artwork only:
  • Your demonstrated project approach when faced with restricted site conditions, strict technical constraints, and materials requirements, including specifications for size, strength, and engineering capacities such as (but not limited to) seismic regulations, wind load constraints, and signal interference
  • Artist teams (if applicable): your respective roles and history of collaboration

Civic Art will consider only letters which specifically address these points  


  1. Up to 10 images of your relevant work (refer to Artist Selection Criteria)
  • Submit digital images in .JPEG format, PC compatible, no larger than 1920X1920  (do not zip or stuff your files). Each image must be unlocked and downloadable
  • Label each image with artist’s last name, first name, and a two digit number which corresponds to the annotated image list (example: JonesJane01, JonesJane02)


  1. An annotated image list that indicates:
  • Title, date, medium, and dimensions
  • Artwork location
  • Brief project description (maximum 100 characters)
  • Project budget
  • Commissioning agency or client, and project manager (if applicable)


  1. Three professional references, with title, phone, and email addresses included


The required method for submitting materials for the RFQ is through DropBox.

DropBox Link Instructions:

  1. Sign in to, or sign up for an account if this is your first time using DropBbox


Create a folder using the following naming convention: ”FirstInitialLastName-Application” (example: JJones-Application). If you are applying as an arts collective, use your firm’s design instead of FirstInitialLastName (example: JonesStudio-Application)


  1. Upload the files per our application materials guidelines

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