COVID-19 Memorial Initiative Process Evaluation and Community Engagement Strategy

Due Date: 01/07/22
Funder: City of Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), is seeking a consultant team to develop a process evaluation, community engagement strategy, and facilitate listening sessions to determine if and how the city should create a permanent COVID-19 memorial and garner community feedback on the form(s) and site(s) for a memorial. Before the city can begin to envision constructing a permanent representation of the effects of COVID-19 on Angelenos, it is important for communities to heal, beginning with the need for personal reflection and contemplation. Thus, the focused attention during the first phase of this initiative shall address three key themes: Honor, Remember, and Mobilize. Honor the loss of ordinary citizens and city workers, remember and ameliorate the grief and disruptions to our lives and livelihoods, and mobilize solidarity amongst Angelenos to come together to rebuild communities. The Consultant, under the oversight of the Mayor’s Office, shall work with the DCA, representatives from other city departments, and other relevant stakeholders as needed to accomplish the Scope of Work. While most memorials mark a specific event or person, a permanent COVID-19 memorial will be the first citywide memorial that specifically recognizes the pandemic as an event that every Angeleno experienced simultaneously and collectively, albeit differently, and how memorializing this moment will shape our civic identity in the future.

Proposals are due January 7, 2022.