Clark County October 1 Memorial Committee will meet 9 am on Wednesday July 27thin the Clark County Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas.
The public can watch the October 1 Memorial Committee meeting live on Clark County Television (CCTV) and online at www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live or the committee’s Facebook page @1OctoberMemorial. The meeting agenda is posted on the October 1 memorial pages on the county website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial. Committee members and county staff will host the meeting on WebEx, which can be accessed by computer and phone using the information in the online agenda.
The committee will receive an update on activities since it began its Pathways for Participation process to accept ideas for a memorial from the public and professional design teams to commemorate the events of the October 1 shooting that took place 2017 in Las Vegas on Route 91 Harvest Music Festival took place. On June 30, the committee and district leaders began the first phase of an 18-month process that will result in the committee making a formal recommendation for a project to the district commission. The goal of the memorial is to remember the victims of the incident, honor the survivors, first responders and everyday heroes who inspired the nation with their bravery, and celebrate the resilience and compassion of our community.
A Call for Creative Expressions is underway inviting anyone interested in expressing ideas for a memorial or sharing other forms of creativity to inspire design teams to submit ideas through the committee’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial and through a special Submit app at https://bit.ly/3ntZE66. Drawings, short videos, poems, songs, etc. can be submitted together with a letter of intent. Individual artists interested in contributing to the creation of a memorial project are also invited to share their resumes or portfolios. Design teams selected to develop concepts for a memorial are asked to review all Creative Expressions submissions to support their proposals. Entrants may choose to allow the public to see their ideas in a gallery on the website showcasing the submissions received so far. Here is a direct link to the gallery: https://tinyurl.com/38snr674.
“We have reached a very exciting phase in the effort to create an enduring memorial for our community and are seeking as much engagement as possible,” said Tennille Pereira, chair of the committee, who also serves as director of the county’s Vegas Strong Resiliency Center acts. “Contributions are welcome from everyone, whether you live in the Las Vegas Valley or not. We also encourage participation through our two other participation channels – our call for evaluators and our request for qualifications from professional design teams.”
Up to five teams will be selected via the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) call to participate in the second phase of the Memorial development process, which will include the submission of a Memorial project proposal. The teams are made up of professional designers and engineers and include a Nevada licensed architect. Her work includes reviewing Creative Expressions submissions, meeting with stakeholder focus groups, and creating mockups to showcase their design concepts. Applications can be submitted through the website between August 1st and October 31st.
Applications will be accepted from now until July 31 in the Call for Evaluators. This call is for those interested in serving on a volunteer panel of judges to evaluate the RFQs of professional design teams interested in participating in the process. Seven reviewers are selected along with seven alternates. The composition of the panel consists of a family member of a victim, a shooting survivor, a first responder, a representative of the Clark County Real Estate Management Division, and experts in architecture, engineering, art history, or similar disciplines. Applicants not selected as reviewers may be invited to participate in focus groups of stakeholders selected by the RFQ finalists to design a memorial concept.
In addition to Pereira, members of the October 1 Memorial Committee include Karessa Royce, an October 1 survivor who serves as vice chair; Mynda Smith, sister of October 1 victim Neysa Tonks; Kelly McMahill, a deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; architect dr Robert Fielden, who founded the UNLV School of Architecture; Rebecca Holden, Public Art Project Manager at the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; and Harold Bradford, a local artist. Counselor Punam Mathur moderates committee meetings, while staff from the Clark County Department of Parks and Recreation and other departments support the group’s activities. ###
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