Rosie’s Place, in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announced today a competition for a permanent commemorative installation for Rosie’s Place Founder Kip Tiernan. Tiernan was dumbfounded when she saw women disguising themselves as men to get a meal at a men-only homeless shelter in Boston nearly 40 years ago—so much so that she went ahead and founded the nation’s first homeless shelter for women.
The winning proposal will be permanently installed at Dartmouth Street, between Newbury Street and public alley 440 in Boston, MA. The site is located near Old South Church, which housed Kip’s office for 30 years.
Best known as the founder of Rosie’s Place (1974), Kip was also a founder of the Boston Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and co-founder of the Boston Women’s Fund, Health Care for the Homeless, and Community Works. With her passing in 2011, Rosie’s Place and the City of Boston are now seeking to celebrate Kip’s impact on Boston and the Commonwealth alike.
While the design competition’s overall objective is to commemorate Kip Tiernan, the winning proposal will also successfully address the theme of engagement. All experienced, practicing artists and/or designers are encouraged to apply.
An informational session for artists and designers will be held at Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Avenue, Boston, on Monday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. The official Request for Qualifications is available at www.rosiesplace.org/RFQ.
Since 1974, Rosie’s Place has provided a safe and nurturing environment where poor and homeless women can maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.