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Carrie Spitler

Graphic Designer RFP

Company Background

Organizational History: Each year, 40,000 children and youth miss school due to hospital stays. Snow City Arts (SCA) uses the arts to bridge the education gap faced by these children and youth. SCA works at three hospital locations: Rush University Medical Center, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. SCA’s seven professional Teaching Artists in visual arts, filmmaking, creative writing, music, and theater work in close partnership with administrative leadership to build and deliver a holistic, rigorous, and standards-based arts curriculum that can be easily differentiated to meet each student’s unique needs and interests. Resultant learning is thoroughly documented in a custom-built database and when releases are signed by parents, documentation and art portfolios are sent to a child’s home school so that teachers may consider awarding credit, featuring work on a bulletin board, or other recognition.

Snow City Arts Graphic Designer Call Context

Snow City Arts (SCA) seeks a detail oriented contractor/freelance graphic designer to produce visually compelling print and digital designs, as well as update and enhance existing collateral. The graphic designer will work closely with the Development and Communications Associate in order to understand the context, concept, and scope of each project.

Final products and any templates requested from the Graphic Designer should offer SCA staff the flexibility and agency to produce high-quality materials in-house. SCA requires receipt of design packages in original formats with supporting files, pdf files, as well as social media and website optimized (Editable AI, PSD, PDF, EPS, INDD, PPTX, SWF, or DOCX in addition to PNG and JPEG files). SCA has and will provide branding guidelines and guidelines around including, writing about, and using files of student artwork which will be shared and must be adhered to. All deliverables must thoughtfully embody the principles and values of the organization. The graphic designer should be mindful of existing branding and maintain a consistent voice across projects. They will be well versed in typography, composition, and all the key elements of graphic design and branding.

Potential Projects in 2024-2025 include but are not limited to:

  • Spring Fundraising Appeal materials (Letter, Insert, Envelope, Postcard)


  • Postcard/business card for parents to share release and permission forms in the hospital
  • Annual Year End Fundraising Appeal materials (Letter, Insert, Envelope, Postcard)


  • SCA Art Project Postcard
  • Spring Snowcase Student Exhibition/Opening Reception/ and Community Thank you event digital graphics
  • Gallery Night, our annual Fundraising Gala invitation including envelope, reply card, and reply envelope incorporating a chosen signature piece of student artwork and program book
  • 2025 Communities Coming Together Program Refresh

To see examples of past projects, please email Alex at to receive a zip folder of existing physical work. Also, see our social media for digital examples.

Project Fees

SCA is interested in building a long-term relationship that renews on an annual basis. However, to begin in 2024, fees will be on a per-project basis.

How to Apply

Please provide the following in your proposal, sent as a single PDF:

  • Portfolio of Previous Projects - Please showcase creative samples for 5-6 completed client-based projects
  • Resume/Relevant Experience - Please include details regarding work performed in the arts and/or educational sector(s)
  • Process - Please provide an overview of your proposed workflow and project timelines
  • References - Proposal must include 2 to 3 references from current or former clients

Snow City Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Snow City Arts is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team and vendor portfolio. ALAANA-owned and identified firms and individuals, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working-class backgrounds, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Any questions or other inquiries concerning this RFP must be submitted via e-mail to Alex Knapik at

DEADLINE TO APPLY - Proposal must be received electronically, at the address listed below, no later than 5pm on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Please submit all proposals and relevant information to

Proposal Submission Deadline: May 30, 2024 @ 5:00 PM

Consultant Interviews between: June 3-14, 2024

Reference Checks: June 14-27, 2024

Consultant selected: By June 28, 2024

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Compensation: Fees are on a per-project basis
Location: Chicago, IL / Remote