Tacoma Murals Project seeks sites for neighborhood murals
If your neighborhood is a victim of blight and vandalism, the City of Tacoma wants to hear from you. The Tacoma Murals Project seeks community groups who would like a mural painted at a specific site in their neighborhood. The neighborhood group will pair teams of professional artists with selected citizen participants and the resulting artist teams will design and implement murals that reflect the character and ideals of the surrounding community.
The Tacoma Murals Project could be described as a positive tool for fighting fire with fire. It requires participation by community members who are committed to their neighborhoods and agree to be actively involved and open to the creative ideas of the assigned artist team. Selected applicants will be provided with all the ingredients for a funded mural, including supplies and artist compensation; a mural-artist team and technical assistance to design and implement an artwork; and general promotion of the project. In return, the selected applicants will be a resource to the artist team for research, stories, and content; assist in community coordination; agree to maintain the mural after completion; and contribute in-kind resources or cash to support associated meetings with community members. A mural dedication will celebrate completion of the project. Citizens who support or participate in the Tacoma Murals Project make a powerful, creative statement in their communities.
Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within the official city limits of Tacoma. Priority will be given to sites located in Community Based Services (CBS) areas within Tacoma and/or sites located in areas without a good representation of public art. Permission of property owners is required.
Community groups interested in applying may download the Tacoma Murals Project, Call to Community Groups, at www.tacomaculture.org/arts/opportunities.asp. More information about the Tacoma Murals Project and examples of past murals may be found at www.tacomaculture.org/arts/murals.asp Information is also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012.
This opportunity is an initiative of the Graffiti Reduction Through Community Based Art team, part of the City of Tacoma’s Safe, Clean and Attractive effort.