Maryland State Arts Council
July 4, 2024
Baltimore, Maryland
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The Maryland State Arts Council is pleased to share the Request for Qualifications for artists, or teams of artists to design and create a Maryland Monument to Honor Black Patriots who served in the Revolutionary War.

The idea for a memorial artwork was initially proposed by Steven X. Lee the author of ‘The Story of Mr. Thomas Carney - A Maryland Patriot of the American Revolutionary War.’ Carney was one of many Maryland African Americans, who enlisted and served in integrated units during the Revolutionary War. Just like their white counterparts, the Black Patriots traveled with an army that included free and enslaved women and children who were integral to its functioning. Their contributions have been overlooked in historical narratives. Their legacy is but one of the omitted chapters in the heritage of early Maryland’s extensive Black community. The purpose of the sculpture is to honor these unsung Patriots who were members of the Continental Army community and to expand public understanding of the people who contributed to the fight for American independence. This Monument should celebrate the contributions of Maryland’s free Black population to our State and Country through figurative depictions and the selected artist's interpretation.

Those interested in applying are invited to attend the How to Apply Webinar: A Monument to Honor Black Patriots, Thursday, July 11, 2:00 - 3:00 pm; To register: Click here.

Representatives from the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland State Arts Council will provide an overview of the project and offer detailed information on how artists can apply to be considered for this project.

Budget: $5000 proposal fee to four semi-finalists; $500,000 artwork budget.

Request for Qualifications: to review the project and submission details click here

Deadline: August 9, 2024: No artwork proposals, background qualifications only

Apply online: click here

Questions: [email protected]


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