The Clark County October 1 Memorial Committee will meet at 9 am on Wednesday, June 29in the Clark County Commission Chambers at the Clark County Government Center located at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas.
The committee is working on a process to accept ideas for a memorial from the public and professional design teams to remember the events of the 2017 October 1 shootings in Las Vegas.
At Wednesday’s meeting, committee members will review evaluation priorities for the upcoming Request for Qualifications (RFQ) of professional design teams interested in developing memorial proposals. Members will also receive a presentation to demonstrate a specially designed website application for the public to submit their ideas, as well as website updates.
“We are preparing to launch a process that will allow the public and professionals to submit ideas and creative expressions for a memorial,” said committee chair Tennille Pereira, who is also director of the county’s Vegas Strong Resiliency Center. “Anyone interested in submitting an idea is encouraged to do so, whether you live in the Las Vegas Valley or not. We want public participation in this process as much as possible to ensure that we build a memorial that honors all those affected by the tragic events of October 1st.
The purpose of the memorial is to remember those who perished in the incident, to honor survivors, first responders and everyday heroes who inspired the nation through their bravery, and to celebrate resilience and compassion of our community. The memorial development process will take place in three phases over an 18-month period and culminate in the committee making a formal recommendation for a project to the Clark County Commission in 2023. The first phase of the process beginning this summer calls for three ways of participation:
1. Call for creative expression: Allow members of the public and artists and designers who are not part of a professional design team to submit ideas for a commemorative project or express interest in participating in a selected RFQ design team. Submissions will be available for viewing in an online gallery if entrants grant permission. RFQ finalists will be required to review all submissions received through the Creative Expressions channel to inform the design concepts they present to the public during the third phase of the process in late spring 2023.
2. Request for Qualification (RFQ): For professional artists and design teams, including a licensed Nevada architect, interested in submitting a concept proposal for a memorial. Up to five RFQ teams will be selected to participate in the second phase of the memorial development process, which will include meetings with stakeholder focus groups, reviewing creative expression submissions, and creating templates for present their design concepts.
3. Call for RFQ assessors: Serve on a jury this fall to evaluate formal Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) from professional design teams interested in participating in the process. Seven evaluators will be selected, as well as seven alternates. The composition of the panel will consist of a family member of a victim, a shooting survivor, a first responder, a representative from the Clark County Department of Property Management and experts in architecture, engineering, art history or similar disciplines. Applicants not selected to serve as evaluators may then be invited to participate in stakeholder focus groups with up to five selected award application finalists to design a commemorative concept and model in the second phase of the process.
The public can watch the Wednesday, 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 of the county website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial. Committee members and county staff will host the meeting on WebEx, which is accessible by computer and telephone through the information provided in the online agenda.
In addition to Pereira, members of the October 1 Memorial Committee include Karessa Royce, an October 1 survivor, as vice-chair; Mynda Smith, sister of Neysa Tonks, victim of October 1; Kelly McMahill, deputy chief of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; architect Dr. Robert Fielden, who established the UNLV School of Architecture; Rebecca Holden, Public Art Project Manager for the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; and Harold Bradford, a local artist. Consultant Punam Mathur facilitates committee meetings, while staff from the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department and other departments support group activities.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox Cable as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live broadcast of CCTV programming is available on YouTube. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One can watch CCTV on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV through the YouTube app.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11e-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the natione– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.