Call For Artists

 

sscd-page-001-1024x599Call For Artists
Innovative Public Art in Springfield City Park
Springfield, MA
The Springfield Central Cultural District has issued a Call to Artists for a unique placemaking opportunity in Downtown Springfield. The Cultural District is searching for artists to submit their ideas and designs to paint two utility boxes within Stearns Square Park, between Bridge and Worthington Streets.
“Stearns Square is an area that has typically been underutilized, but that we see great potential in,” said Interim Director of the Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany. “By running a program to have two
‘eyesore’ utility boxes painted, we hope to not only create an opportunity for local artists, but to increase foot traffic to the area and beautify the park,” she stated.
Programs to create non-conventional murals are not new, but have not spread to Springfield until now. Cities such as Boston, Northampton, and Easthampton have all carried out similar beautification programs in their cities, to great success.
Artists are invited to submit their ideas to paint the boxes during a movie screening that will occur in the park during September. “People love watching artists work!” Drewniany quipped, “I want to create something really great in the heart of the city and hope to get proposals from the talented artists we have locally.” Two proposals will be accepted in early September. The artists which are chosen will be paid for their time and reimbursed for materials. Applications are due September 1. The Springfield Central Cultural District encompasses an area of the metro center of Springfield, and is membership-based, involving many of the arts institutions Downtown. Its mission is to create and sustain a vibrant cultural environment in Springfield, MA.
The request for proposal and more details on this program can be found at
SpringfieldDowntown.com/Artist-Resources.
Any questions can be forwarded to Morgan Drewniany at the Cultural District at
morgan.drewniany@springfielddowntown.com or 413.781.1592.