Alaska Mural Project

We join an open call for artists to create murals in downtown Anchorage, in collaboration with the Alaska Mural Project, the Anchorage downtown Partnership and local artists. Four sites have been designated for 2020, with anticipated completion by October.

The Alaska Mural Project (AMP) celebrates art, community, urban creativity and culture through mural arts. Centered around the belief that public art is catalyst for community safety, cleanliness, creativity and conversation, the Alaska Mural Project brings art out of galleries and into streets. It empowers artists, reflects and diversifies the urban landscape and amplifies the distinct voices of our community.

The Alaska Mural Project believes now is an important time to work with local artists to expand the definition of “Alaska art” while creating projects and pieces that engage, challenge and inspire the community. The Project gives voices to artists to celebrate our cultural and heritage assets. The public art created through it has the potential to positively impact the economic and social vitality of the downtown district.

Call for artists

The Alaska Mural Project seeks artists and/or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a public artwork in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.

History and intent

Recognizing the opportunity to revitalize the buildings of downtown Anchorage while celebrating the distinct qualities of Alaska, the downtown mural project was initiated by the Alaska Mural Project, the Seed Lab at the Anchorage Museum and Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

The artist community seized the opportunity to share their skills and vision for the future by creating public spaces that celebrate who we are today in powerful ways. With the innovation of the Alaska Mural Project giving voices to artists to celebrate our cultural and heritage assets, the future of downtown Anchorage looks bright. Our collective intent is that this first phase will lead to the identification of additional sites for murals and additional calls for artists. We also look forward to a public event and mural jam in spring/summer 2021.

Goals for the Mural

Create excitement and interest for the community, visitors, and prospective residents and businesses

Advance the Alaska Mural Project’s goal of celebrating Anchorage by contributing to its visual vibrancy in public spaces

Low-maintenance

Highlight the work of local artists

Support and grow the Alaska Mural Project membership through active participation in AMP meetings and events.

Timeline

Request for Qualifications:
July 24 – announced
Aug. 7 – RFQ deadline
Selection Committee Meets:
Aug. 10
Semi-Finalists notified:
Aug. 11
Semi-finalist presentation:
Week of Aug. 17
Finalist announced and contacted:
Aug. 21
Mural completed:
Before Oct. 1, 2020

Eligibility

Open to experienced Anchorage-based artists regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Artists’ application packets should include the following:
Letter of interest. No more than one page in length that explains the artist’s interest and proposed concept for the the project.
Current résumé. If submitting as a team, a current résumé should be submitted for each team member if available.
Images of previous work (max 10). Digital images should be jpg, 300 dpi, RGB color, and include an image list with the artist’s name, title, date, medium, and size.
Project budget including painting supplies, rental equipment, labor, artist fees, etc.
References. Submit at least two professional references who have intimate knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. List must include name, title, company/organization, email address, and phone number.
Contact details. Include a phone number or email address where you can be reached.
Optional. The artist may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information.

Submit all materials to Alaska Mural Project at alaskamuralproject@gmail.com

Honorarium

The artists' honoraria will be dependent on artist experience, wall size, and proposal. Supplies and other associated costs will need to be proposed to AMP for funding approval. Semi-finalists will receive a $250.00 following their presentation.

Questions

Contact James Temte 

Project Mural Sites

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