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Social Justice Mural Project Launching

8/24/2020

The City of Gainesville 352walls Community Artist Program is seeking 12 regional artists or artist crews to create a total of 12 temporary 8 feet x 8 feet murals with social justice as the theme. The murals will be located in City of Gainesville parks and public spaces. The murals will be painted on prepared plywood panels affixed to wooden posts, enabling them to be relocated during the two- to three-year lifespan of the project.

This call for artists seeks creative voices to illustrate both the contemporary challenges and the possibilities of social justice in America. The murals should respond to change, hope and the idea and ideals of social justice. The project is designed to attract fresh voices expressing diverse perspectives on human rights. It aims to reflect the energy of the social justice movement with a visible public declaration of the city’s commitment towards progress, enlightenment and justice for all neighbors.

To apply, artists or artist crews must submit an artist statement, a summary of previous mural experience, three images of previous work plus a concept sketch for an 8’ x 8’ mural based on the theme of social justice and/or the community they envision for the future. Submissions including nudity, profanity or offensive images will not be accepted. Local artists are encouraged to click here to register and submit material.

Submissions for the 12 murals will be juried by a pro bono panel of curators, jurors from Gainesville’s creative community, and representation from the community’s grassroots social justice movement.

Key selection criteria will include:

  1. Artistic ability, skills, experience, portfolio and submission of a design idea or sketch
  2. Suitability of the artist’s individual style to the designated location
  3. Consideration of gender, racial and ethnic identity in relation to the entirety of the project
  4. Availability

Artists/Artist Crews must reside within a 100-mile radius of the City of Gainesville (center point: Main Street and University Avenue).

Selected artists or artist crews will receive $450 per assigned mural. The fee covers artist materials and supplies. The City of Gainesville will provide the primed plywood panels installed on posts in parks or public areas. Artists will be assigned mural locations.

Project timeline:
Call to artists released: Friday, Aug. 21
Submissions due: Sunday, Sept. 13
Announcement: Thursday, Oct. 1
Painting dates: Saturday, Oct. 31 - Sunday, Nov. 22