Artist Opportunities

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


RFP: Take Us to the River 

Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Take Us to the River Residency
Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Riverfront North Partnership are seeking artists to apply for their Fall 2021 / Winter 2022 artist residency. 

The goal of this artist residency is to engage both the Middle and Lower Northeast communities with the changing Delaware Riverfront while also bringing awareness of the greater environmental issues and diverse history (including the Lenni Lenape origins) of the Delaware River, specifically in the vicinity of Lardner’s Point Park.  Resident artist/s will be responsible for planning and leading collaborative creative activities that lead to the creation of a public art work. 

The residency will will run for 10 weeks from November/December, 2021 until March/April 2022, and will be based at Lardner’s Point and at MAP’s Tacony LAB Community Art Center, where the artist/s selected for the residency will have access to the Tacony LAB studio space for both personal practice and project creation.

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SEPTA Mural Initiative 

Since April of 2019, Mural Arts’ same day work and pay program, Color Me Back (CMB) has completed three large mural projects in the underground SEPTA concourses of Center City. We are currently seeking artists to lead two new projects, also within Suburban Station. One will be in a corridor under 15th Street, and one will be on a wall where SEPTA offices are located.

The artist’s responsibilities will be to design the murals, instruct participants on how to paint the murals, and supervise the painting of the murals. The artist(s) selected for this project will be working directly with the CMB program participants to complete these murals, and therefore should be secure about working with participants who are experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, mental health challenges and substance use challenges. Mural Arts and DBH staff will also be on hand to work directly with participants and support this aspect of the project.

The projects are slated to begin in Fall 2021 and be completed by Spring 2022. The artist fee for each project is $10,000.

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Virtual Community Artist Application  

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until further notice.

Porch Light is a partnership between Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. At our storefront at 2774 Kensington Avenue (“The Kensington Storefront”), Porch Light is working with the New Kensington Community Development Corporation and Prevention Point to make a community space where neighbors can create art and connect with resources to live a better, healthier life.

Kensington Storefront Virtual Community Artists (VCAs) will create bold new structures for engaging the Kensington community virtually (or through safely-conducted outdoor programming), using the arts. During this intense time, trauma awareness and collective meaning-making is more important than ever. VCAs will provide programs (offered to all community members free of charge) where they will be able to reflect on their experiences, build relationships with their neighbors, and learn a new modality in the arts. We are especially interested in public engagement that uses the arts to help participants reacclimate to busy schedules after the stay-at-home order, and to redefine “normal” life. Out of this public engagement, VCAs will create a work of public art in Kensington based on their community engagement, with the aim of improving and beautifying the neighborhood. All modalities welcome: music, theater, dance, photography, mixed mediums, storytelling, etc.

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