All Chicago-based artists are invited to submit a design for one of twelve murals that will grace the CTA and Metra underpasses in the 49th Ward.
The “Mass Underpass Murals Project” was one of the funding proposals that received voter approval in theParticipatory Budgeting Election last April in which I gave the 49th Ward residents the power to determine how I would spend the 49th Ward’s capital budget allocation.
FOR AN APPLICATION TO PAINT ONE OF THE MURALS, CLICK HERE. Or pick up an application during regular business hours at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).
Eligible artists for the Mass Underpass Murals Project must either live in Chicago or have a studio located in Chicago.
The members of the Arts and Other Projects Committee of the Participatory Budgeting Initiative will review all design proposals for artistic merit, appropriateness to public presentation and originality. All proposals deemed eligible will be submitted to a vote of the 49th Ward residents at an election to be held later this summer. The twelve proposals winning the most votes will be selected for the underpass murals project.
Each winning artist will receive a stipend of $5,500 to execute the mural regardless of its size and location. The artists will be responsible for purchasing their own primer, paint and other supplies.
The following underpasses are slated to receive a mural:
Union Pacific (Metra) Underpasses
Each artist will paint one side of an underpass. If more than one artist wishes to paint the same side of an underpass, the artist whose proposal received the most votes will be given preference.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION, TOGETHER WITH A RENDERING OF YOUR PROPOSED MURAL, IS FRIDAY, JULY 16TH, AT 5 P.M. Instructions for how to submit your application and proposal are contained in the application.
If you are not an artist, but know someone who is, please forward this e-mail to them.
I look forward to seeing some exciting proposals!