“HeART LINK” Application

Arts program at Santa Ana homeless shelter would give residents a missing voice - OC Register


Application for “HeART LINK” – Arts Program in Temporary Homeless Shelter, THE LINK

The Community Development Agency (Arts & Culture Office with Homeless Services) of the City of Santa Ana in partnership with Mercy House is seeking an individual artist, group of artists, or arts organization to design and implement “HeART Link,” a 6-months interactive, multi-disciplinary arts pilot program at The Link, a 24-hour emergency homeless shelter facility in the City of Santa Ana, CA, with a possible extension of an additional 6 months, subject to evaluation of program. This program will serve the homeless residents of the shelter, including men, women, families with minor-aged children, and adult couples who have varying lengths of residency.

To alleviate misunderstandings about the homeless population, the City is interested in providing a platform for these residents to express themselves and their humanity through a creative process. The City aims to provide high-quality, hands-on weekly art workshops suitable for all ages and abilities that is geared towards short-term participation as residents may rotate out of the facility.

Applicants must be professional artists or performers as stated in their resumes, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 or older. As the program will include children, Applicants must pass the Live Scan background check. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. You do not need to be a resident of Santa Ana to make a submission.

The total budget for this 6-month pilot project is $6,500, with a possible extension of an additional 6 months for an additional $6,500, subject to evaluation of program. This allocation is for all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to materials, equipment, labor, permits, insurance, taxes, travel, installation, shipping, and written and photographic documentation of the completed project. Initial contract terms will be from June, 2019 through November, 2019.

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- Downloadable Application Information and Forms:

KEY APPLICATION DATES (Subject to change at discretion of City):
Application Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Optional Pre-Submission Tours:

Thursday, March 7, 2019; 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, March 20, 2019; 6:00-7:00 PM

Please RSVP with gcramer@santa-ana.org

Deadline to Submit Written Questions: Thursday, March 21, 2019; 5:00 PM
APPLICATION Due Date: Friday, April 12, 2019; 11:59 PM
In-Person Presentations (mandatory):  April 24, 2019; 1:00-5:00 PM




Any questions regarding this APPLICATION must be submitted in writing via email. Please direct emails to Gabriela Cramer at gcramer@santa-ana.org.