Artist Opportunities

Requests for Qualifications and professional development opportunities for artists will be listed on this page.

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Artist Call: Tacony LAB Community Art Center Artist Residency 

Posting Date: May 2, 2024
Application deadline: June 17, 2024 11:59 p.m.
Stipend: $2,000 per month
Department: Tacony Lab

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Mural Arts’ Tacony LAB Community Arts Center is seeking applications for an artist residency to take place Summer/Fall 2024 for a 3 month residency taking place from August 1, 2024 to October 31.

The goal of this artist residency is to create a new public artwork in the Tacony neighborhood while engaging the community in the Tacony LAB Community Arts Center. The Tacony LAB is located at 6918 Torresdale Avenue. The Tacony Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a co-sponsor of this residency and will be responsible for the production and installation of the banners once they are designed.

The final form for this artwork is a series of banners along a 1 mile portion of Torresdale Avenue through the neighborhood of Tacony. The artist will lead a community engagement process that highlights the neighborhood’s uniqueness and will ultimately create graphics which will be printed onto weather-proof materials as well as an exhibition of their work. As part of the residency, artists will spend approximately 8 hours per week at the Tacony LAB or in Tacony. Artists based in the Northeast or with connection to Tacony preferred.

The artist will be paid $6000 for this residency. A material budget of approximately $500 will be available for supplies and engagement. The artist fee will be paid at the end of each month in increments of $2,000.

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RFQ: Sharswood Mural and Placemaking Project 

Posting Date: April 30, 2024
Application deadline: June 2, 2024 11:59 p.m.
Budget: Project budgets and artists fees will vary, based the project and artist responsibilities
Department: Community Murals

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Please note that applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and opportunities will be awarded as they become available, so early application is encouraged.

Mural Arts is partnering with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to invest in new public art projects in Sharswood ​over the next two years. These art projects are part of the area’s ongoing transformation occurring through the improvement of distressed public housing and the addition of new residences, shopping and community spaces. Mural Arts is working with PHA as part of the Sharswood Blumberg Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan.

The project’s aim is to develop multiple artworks and placemaking initiatives that bring value to the community of Sharswood. Projects are being considered for public buildings, community parks and open spaces, as well as along the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor. The themes could highlight the neighborhood’s history, issues important to the community now, and people’s visions for the future.

The purpose of this a call is to create a roster of artists – including muralists and artists who work in materials such as mosaic, metal, wood, fabric and graphics – who would be interested in working with the Sharswood community for the creation of murals or other artworks, activations or installations within community spaces. Projects could be permanent or temporary.

Mural Arts will convene a panel to review all applicants’ materials. All applications that meet our selection criteria will be placed on the roster we are creating. If you are placed on the roster, you will be contacted when opportunities become available, with detailed information about scope of work, roles, timing and payment for that opportunity, and you will be asked to let us know if you are interested in being considered for the opportunity. If you are interested in being considered for the opportunity, you will be placed on a list of finalists who would be interviewed and/or asked to submit proposals. Artists who are asked to submit a proposal will be compensated, and artists who are selected will receive an agreed upon stipend in addition to a budget for materials and supplies necessary to complete the artwork.

This roster will take the place of individual RFQS for each project. Because the nature and timing of the projects we will undertake is not completely known, Mural Arts cannot guarantee that every artist who joins the roster will be offered an opportunity, nor that the timing or budgets will be suitable to all interested artists.

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