TOPEKA, KANSAS - Rep. Valdenia Winn (D - Kansas City), the Chairperson of the Capitol Preservation Committee, is issuing a national call for artists/artistic teams to submit a Request for Qualification (RFQ) to design a mural in the Kansas State Capitol commemorating the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
“The significance of the Oliver L. Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas is known throughout the world and one that has paved the way for the modern revolution for human rights in the United States,” said Winn. “The story of the families from Kansas, Virgina, South Carolina, Delaware, Washington, D. C. must be remembered for the sacrifices that they made so that we all could reach our greatest potentials. This mural will be a legacy for all!”
In 2010 the Kansas Legislature passed Senate Bill 54, which created the Capitol Preservation Committee and authorized the Committee to develop plans for the placement of a mural within the Kansas State Capitol to commemorate the landmark court case that ended the “separate but equal” law across the United States.
Project parameters can be found here:
http://www.washburn.edu/main/mulvane/files/Brown Mural Call for Artists RFQ.pdf.
The deadline for submitting an RFQ is 5:00 p.m. CST on May 1, 2012. The Capitol Preservation Committee will invite selected artists to provide a Request for Proposal (RFP) to more specifically outline their plan for the mural.
The mural will be paid for by private dollars, projected completion in October 2014.
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