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Old 02-03-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Default NEA RFP for “Art Works” logo

What’s wrong with this notion?

The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts is looking for a new logo on the theme “Art Works,” incorporating three meanings: noun, as in works of art (plays, films, etc.); verb, as in the effect of art on audiences and viewers; and as a reminder that artists “are real workers with real jobs who are part of this country’s real economy.”

The logo should be usable alone and in conjunction with the current NEA logo.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010. There will be a grant of approximately $25,000 for the selected proposal. More information at the NEA web site.

Not to be a curmudgeon, but you would think a U.S. government agency would have the decency and good sense to choose a designer in the normal way, by viewing portfolios or other examples of work, ask for a design plan and cost estimate. After all, they do say they think that artists do real work — why not let them earn real money?

I think my annoyance was piqued when I read that they chose a graphic arts high school to announce the competition. Good grief! (No offense intended to high school students.)

   
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