City of Tacoma looking for community groups to apply for free murals

Tacoma News TribuneMarch 4, 2014 

Tacoma's Theater District mural located at 616 St. Helens Avenue. Artist: Natalie Oswald, assistant artist: Joel Barber.

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Have a blighted wall? Want a mural to brighten it up? The City of Tacoma is launching its fifth year of sponsored community murals, matching needy locations with teams of learning and teaching artists to combat vandalism and beautify the city, giving artists skills and employment at the same time. Since 2010, 21 murals have been completed around the city, from graffiti-style to abstract to figurative, often including imagery pertinent to that location.

Community groups who would like an outdoor mural must apply to the City, specifying a particular wall on commercial or public property within Tacoma city limits. Priority is given to walls with good visibility in areas without much public art. Around five selected community groups will receive a fully-funded mural, an artist team, technical assistance and promotion. In return, groups contribute in-kind services and materials needed, and participate in artist selection, meetings, dedication and maintenance.

The City is also looking for artists interested in joining their mural roster. Strong artistic skills are needed, but not necessarily mural experience. Artists will be paid $30 per hour, each project involving between 90 and 250 hours of meetings, design and implementation.

The deadline for community applications is midnight on April 4; the deadline for artist applications is midnight on March 28, 2014. To apply, visit cityoftacoma.org/artsopps. For more information, visit the City’s murals page at cityoftacoma.org, email nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org, or call 253-591-5191.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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