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"Create Your Space" invites all to submit a vision for Memphis College of Art and Brooks Museum
Posted on 03/26/2019
The City of Memphis has launched “Create Your Space”, a call for ideas for the creative reimagining of the Memphis College of Art and Brooks Museum buildings. The call is an open invitation to help create a new blueprint for these iconic Overton Park anchors to ensure that they remain accessible cultural assets for the entire Memphis community.

Individuals, organizations, and teams – from Memphis and beyond – are encouraged to submit their vision for the future of the two spaces online at createyourspace901.com by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. Respondents with the most compelling ideas will be chosen by a selection committee to expand on their ideas as part of a request for proposals (RFP) process.

The City, in partnership with EpiCenter, will host an informational workshop on Wednesday, April 17 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, where attendees can receive feedback from experts and the selection team, led by U3 Advisors.

Interested parties can register for the workshop here. In addition to the workshop, EpiCenter will be available throughout the month of April to provide potential respondents with advice and feedback on their ideas.

The call is open to all ideas, large or small. Ideas can be submitted for one building, both buildings, and part of either building. The strongest submissions will be those that enhance the surrounding park, encourage connections, are financially sustainable, and are accessible and welcoming to all Memphians.

The Memphis College of Art building will return to City ownership when MCA closes its doors in the summer of 2020. The Brooks Museum building is owned by the City of Memphis and will remain in the City’s ownership when the museum relocates downtown in 2024.

“Create Your Space” is the culmination of community feedback gleaned last fall. The City of Memphis and U3 Advisors, the consultant team for the project, hosted two public forums, conducted an online survey, and held more than 25 stakeholder meetings. The comments from this outreach heavily informed the solicitation process and helped shape a set of guiding principles for the reuse of the buildings.
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