Transforming Boring Building Exteriors Into Creative Community Canvases

Are you a Lethbridge building-owner looking to brighten up an exterior wall?

Are you a local artist seeking an opportunity to share your skills and talents with your community?

The City of Lethbridge Public Art Committee, Heart of Our City Committee, and Allied Arts Council are seeking artists and building owners to participate in a mural pilot project. This pilot enables local artists and businesses to partner to create vibrant and accessible public artwork for the community to enjoy. Funding is provided by the City of Lethbridge Public Art Program and Heart of Our City Committee.

A mural is an artwork painted or applied directly to a wall. Murals have the power to transform boring building exteriors into creative community canvases. They help add vibrancy by activating public spaces, promoting creative expression, and deterring graffiti vandalism.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to seek participation in this pilot project. EOIs are due September 14, 2020. The application process for this project is competitive. A maximum of ten murals will be funded, at least half of which must be located in the downtown.

Mural designs will reflect at least one of the guiding principles outlined in the City’s Public Art Master Plan: inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, creativity, sustainability, and quality. If the mural is located in the downtown, it will also celebrate at least one of the pillars of the Heart of Our City Master Plan: beautiful, livable, sustainable, exciting, accessible, and vibrant.

The mural’s intention must be artistic and cannot include promotional or commercial content.

Download the full call for EOIs at https://www.publicartlethbridge.ca/current-calls/.

Image: Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association’s Back Alley Art Gallery Project.

Categories: downtown, murals, public art, revitalization, economic, recovery, small business, business
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