Artist Opportunities

RFP’s and RFQ’s for project specific work will be listed on this page, as those opportunities become available.


 

Da Vinci Fest new mural: Creativity Is Just Connecting Things 

Deadline: 5 pm EST, Friday, February 21, 2020 

In honor of the inaugural 2020 Da Vinci Fest, celebrating the intersection of art and the sciences,  Mural Arts Philadelphia is seeking proposals for an exciting new mural around this theme.  This project is a collaboration between Mural Arts Philadelphia, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Fleisher Art Memorial, and Bella Vista Neighbors Association and will be dedicated at the Da Vinci Fest in October 2020.

Mural Concept and Theme: Da Vinci Art Alliance has resided in their 704 Catharine residence since 1957. Since being founded by 9 Italian immigrant artists, Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA) has continuously served as a space of creative refuge and acted as a hub for creativity, collaboration, and artistic innovation. While the mural will be located on DVAA’s west facing wall, it will overlook Fleisher Art Memorial, further cementing Catharine street as a lively hub for visual art-making and exploration. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is requesting proposals that explore the idea that creativity flourishes at the intersection of disciplines. Following in the spirit of Renaissance artist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci, this mural aims to celebrate the innovative spark of brilliance that comes when the arts and sciences mingle. For this mural the fusion of creativity and innovation may manifest in a variety of ways, whether the mural’s design depicts a union of artistic and scientific disciplines, the methods used to create the mural employ new technologies or characteristics borrowed from non-art sectors, or in a collaboration between artists and creatives from other fields of study. Ultimately prospective artists are called to submit applications for an innovative, inviting, and community driven work of public art. 

New ideas and artists are welcome and highly encouraged to apply. Mural Arts Philadelphia is able to offer technical support to artists who may not have completed solo large-scale art installations, but have an otherwise strong portfolio and the concept that connects best with the goals of this project.  

“Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. – Leonardo da Vinci 

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs 

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Mural Arts Philadelphia Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative 2020-2022 Call for Letters of Intent 

Deadline: February 14, 2020, 11:59 pm

Mural Arts Philadelphia is among the nation’s largest public art programs, 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. To learn more, visit muralarts.org.

Over the next few years United States cities will see increasingly severe climate impacts, even if we begin to cut carbon emissions tomorrow. Climate change will affect us all, but low-income communities and communities of color will experience it disproportionately, and have fewer financial resources available to cope. Resilience — the ability to prepare for and cope with change — is a critical capacity for communities to develop. Resilience isn’t simply about being able to “bounce back” after a disaster, but also about using the necessity of climate change adaptation as an opportunity to build on community strengths to address a wide range of needs, improving the quality of life and sustainability.

Moreover, resilience isn’t just about the built environment. Social cohesion and trust, collaborative civic participation and leadership, equitable access to resources, strong formal and informal networks, cross­ sector partnerships, and inclusive and diverse civic spaces are all critical factors that support community resilience. These are precisely the outcomes that Mural Arts has seen from its work with diverse communities throughout Philadelphia.

With its Art & Environment Capacity Building Initiative, Mural Arts aims to support other communities in using collaborative, participatory arts-based processes to address local environmental issues. The community relationships, skills, and capacities built throughout these processes will contribute to community resilience in a time of climate change. Mural Arts’ approach is highly collaborative: we seek to share our own knowledge, experiences, and resources while also enabling internal self-discovery for each city and exchange among the cohort as a whole. Each city will have its own unique set of conditions and assets to work with, and we hope to be able to inform practice elsewhere through documenting the diverse set of approaches that emerge.

Mural Arts is soliciting letters of interest from teams who would like to participate in the next round of the Initiative, which will run from June 2020 to June 2022. LOl’s will be reviewed by Mural Arts and its national advisory committee to generate a short list of finalist teams, who will then be expected to host Mural Arts Institute leadership for a site visit and provide additional information or materials as identified during this decision-making phase. Three participating lead organizations and their teams will be selected in the final round.

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