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Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

2 Feb

 

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement painted outdoor murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 14, 2016.

“The strength of the Tacoma Murals Project is its ability to reflect the diverse voices of our community while creating beautiful artworks that can be catalysts for change,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “These murals help create a sense of place and identity, and provide a welcoming entry into our many unique neighborhoods.”

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2016.

Twenty-seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. Photos of these murals are available on the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. Additional information is available from Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


 

If you are a mural artist and would like to lead or assist in painting a mural please check out the companion 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster Call to Artists. Applications from artists are due by March 7, 2016.

 

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Mural Artist Roster – Call to Artists

29 Jan
Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting applications from experienced artists or artist teams, working in any artistic style, to lead or assist with the design and implementation of outdoor painted murals in Tacoma in 2016 – 2018. Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster and may be selected for one of several projects, including murals with the Tacoma Murals Project and other mural opportunities.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

Community groups approved for a mural in their neighborhood through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster, with a limit of one mural per artist. Approximately five mural sites will be selected in 2016. Murals at these sites will be painted in spring and summer 2016.

From time to time, the City of Tacoma may have additional opportunities to design and implement outdoor painted murals. The location, scale, timeline and needs for these opportunities will vary by project. When an opportunity arises, the City will consult the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster to select a lead artist appropriate for the project.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Artists selected from the roster will work with the community to design and implement high quality, temporary, outdoor painted murals to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and on input from the communities regarding themes or messages. Assistant artists will be paired with a lead artist, as needed. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Lead artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Assistant artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $15 per hour for mural meetings and implementation.

Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and reside in Pierce county. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 7, 2016.

Twenty seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


If you are part of a community group and have a specific outdoor wall in your neighborhood that you would like considered for a mural in 2016, please check out the companion Tacoma Murals Project Call to Community Groups.  Applications from community groups are due by March 14, 2016.

It’s a wrap!

18 May
Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Call to Artists for Traffic Box Wrap Project

Budget: $1,000 per artist
Application Deadline: June 17, 2015, 11 59 pm

The City of Tacoma invites artists living within the official city limits of Tacoma to submit qualifications to create an artwork design to be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city. This opportunity is open to visual artists working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap.

Up to 10 artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that will enable the City to reproduce the final design on multiple traffic signal and/or utility boxes. The City will be responsible for printing and installation of the box wraps.

The Traffic Box Wrap Project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. This project is an extension of the Tacoma Murals Project, which has created 27 murals across Tacoma since 2010 in an effort to strategically revitalize and beautify the city.

Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

Artists and Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

18 Feb
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Detail of 43rd Street Bridge mural at E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to combat blight and vandalism, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from artists interested in leading a mural, and from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages.

“It is inspiring to watch communities come together to create an area of pride from a space that was formerly neglected,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “We are proud of how our artists and community groups have worked collaboratively to find common voices and develop murals that reflect the unique stories, characteristics, and vision of each neighborhood.”

Opportunity for Artists

The City is seeking adult artists or artist teams, who already possess strong artistic skills, to work with the community to design and implement high quality outdoor painted murals in select communities in Tacoma to fight blight and combat vandalism. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and based on input from the communities regarding themes or messages.

Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2014 Tacoma Murals Project Lead Artist Roster. Community groups approved for a mural in their community through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from this roster of artists, with a limit of one mural per artist. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Artists can expect to invest between 90 and 250 hours in their murals. Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and available to lead a mural in the summer of 2014. Applicants must also reside in Pierce county or have graduated from the Tacoma Murals Project as either an apprentice artist or lead artist between 2010 and 2013 and been added to the Tacoma Murals Project public roster.

The deadline for artist applications is midnight on March 28, 2014.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple mural at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple mural at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Opportunity for Community Groups

The City is seeking community groups who would like an outdoor mural painted at a specific site in their neighborhood to fight blight and combat vandalism.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2014. The deadline for community applications is midnight on April 4, 2014.

 

Twenty one murals have been completed between 2010 and 2013. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

More information about the Tacoma Murals Project and applications for both artists and community groups are available for download at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Tacoma Murals Project offers community groups creative solutions to blight and vandalism

29 Apr
Mural at 220 Puyallup Ave. Lead artist: Chris Sharp. Artist team: Kate Cendejas, Yvette Simone, Janice Lee Warren.

Mural at 220 Puyallup Ave. Lead artist: Chris Sharp. Artist team: Kate Cendejas, Yvette Simone, Janice Lee Warren.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to combat blight and vandalism, the Tacoma Murals Project would like to hear from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is May 28, 2013.

“These community-based murals have proven to be positive community catalysts, bringing neighbors together, helping them find common voices, and enlivening areas that were previously neglected,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “It is inspiring to see how artists have been able to work within each community to develop murals that are unique and responsive to the characteristics, stories, history and future of each neighborhood.”

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist/artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

Mural at 5441 South Sheridan. Lead artists: Kenji Stoll, Chris Jordan. Artist team: David Long, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O'Sullivan, Natalie Oswald.

Mural at 5441 South Sheridan. Lead artists: Kenji Stoll, Chris Jordan. Artist team: David Long, Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, Natalie Oswald.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located within Community Based Services areas in Tacoma or sites located in areas without a good representation of public art.

Full project details, and the application, are available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Murals Project Update: Hope Heights Mural is Complete

6 Sep

What do a tree of life, matryoshka nesting dolls, piñata, koi fish, Chinese dragon, drums, sugar skull, and rabbits all have to do with each other? They are all components to a delightful new mural for Tacoma’s Hope Heights neighborhood.

Located at 6323 McKinley Avenue (southeast corner of 64th and McKinley), the mural is a new welcoming portal into this eastside neighborhood. It visually plays with themes of diversity, hope, unity, aspirations and transformation and is such a cornucopia of eye candy, you’ll keep finding new things each time you pass by. Gathered around the central tree of life are silhouettes of neighbors helping each other out, based on stories told by members of the community about what “Hope” means to them.

A fabulously flexible and dedicated artist team made up of lead artist Joni Joachims and artists Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, Kate Cendejas, Brian Hutcheson, and Janice Lee Warren really came through on this mural.

Here’s a photo of the completed mural. But, with all the details going on, you really need to go see it in person.

The Hope Heights mural in all its glorious color. Photo by Joni Joachims.

Murals Project Update: Dometop Mural is Complete!

2 Aug

The mural on the retaining wall of the 3200 block of East L Street in Tacoma is complete!  The wall, once totally neglected and covered in moss and dirt, has been transformed into a playful and vibrant mural reflective of the adjacent community garden.  The imagery is youthful and curious in the depiction of rain water spilling down a flight of stairs and flooding on the plants and insects that lay below.  The base of the wall has been painted blue and has green grass streaming upward in which snails, potato bugs, caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects frolic and buzz with excitement.

With the help of the Dometop Neighbors; lead artists Rachael Dotson and Jeremy Gregory; and artist team members Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, and Natalie Oswald, the Dometop mural is sure to become a landmark in Tacoma that mirrors the curious and adventurous nature of our community.

Here’s some photos of the completed mural. But, for the best experience, go visit the site yourself.

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Tacoma Murals Project Update: Cloverdale Park

2 Jul

Besides the five main mural sites that are undergoing transformation this summer as part of the Tacoma Murals Project, there is one additional smaller-scale mural project you will want to keep an eye on. Cloverdale Park Neighbors submitted an application to have a series of cement Eco-Blocks painted on Tacoma’s east side. Four artists, Janice Lee Warren, Natalie Oswald, Yvette Simone, and Kate Cendejas, volunteered to take on these challenging sites.

In May, the artists met with members of the community to talk about the mural. At that meeting themes began to surface including the diverse multi-cultural make up of the neighborhood, the desire to engage and inspire youth, and the hope of conveying ideas such as peace, growth, achievement, and leadership.

Natalie, Yvette, and Kate  are teaming up to affect 11 Eco-Blocks at East 56th and Pipeline and 4 Eco-Blocks at East 58th and East “Q” Street. Their proposal includes a puzzle-piece pattern merged with imagery depicting the social activities of area residents. Encouraging and inspirational words will be interspersed throughout the design, which will be painted in colors that pull from the track at the adjacent  First Creek Middle School. 

Before: East 56th and Pipeline site

Mock up of mural proposal by Natalie Oswald, Yvette SImone, and Kate Cendejas

Janice will be painting 5 Eco-Blocks at East 57th and East “S” Street. Her proposal revolves around  “gift wrapped” blocks, painted with patterns inspired by cloth designs from around the world.

Before: East 57th and East “S” Street site

Mural proposal by Janice Lee Warren

On June 27, the artists presented their mural proposals to the Cloverdale Park Neighbors group. Both proposals were embraced with enthusiasm. The neighbors have prepared the sites, trimmed away overgrowth, pressure washed the blocks, and primed. Next step – painting!

We’ll  bring you more images as the projects progress.

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