Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative

Building capacity of organizations nationally

Arts organizations in Detroit, Memphis, and Akron are invited to apply by December 19, 2017. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For 30+ years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

A typical post-industrial city, Philadelphia’s environmental issues include carbon emissions, energy waste, stormwater management, land remediation, access to healthy foods, and waste management. It is not alone. Many cities across the United States share similar histories and landscapes. Over the last decade, Philadelphia has established itself as a leader in green planning, and Mural Arts has partnered to build strong alliances among partners, add value to capital improvements, and engage people in learning about and stewarding changes. We are excited to open a dialogue with other cities which, like Philadelphia, are tackling these challenges.

With the Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative, Mural Arts strives to build the capacity of organizations nationally (starting with three) to use public art as a catalyst for community engagement, leadership, and stewardship in advancing sustainable solutions to a range of environmental challenges and opportunities. Our approach to this project will be collaborative: we seek to share knowledge, experiences, and resources while also facilitating learning among stakeholders selected to participate.

In the first year of the Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative, Mural Arts is soliciting proposals from arts organizations in 1) Memphis, Tennessee; 2) Akron, Ohio; and 3) Detroit, Michigan. In each city, Mural Arts will select one organization to serve as a lead partner.

Please download the full RFP for more information, guidelines, eligibility, and application instructions. The deadline for proposals is 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

Full RFQ