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Calling All Artists: Neighborhood Mural Festival happening April 2018

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Artists (and groups) of all styles and experience levels are invited to work alongside Tucson Arts Brigade Mural Arts Program (TMAP) and residents of the historic Sugarhill and Jefferson Park Neighborhoods to gather stories and transform them into murals April 13-15. Applications are due April 2, 2018 at midnight, for details see:

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The Tucson Mural Arts Program (TMAP) seeks to create a city wide outdoor gallery of original artworks by matching artists with wall owners. TMAP is a results-based beautification program that involves residents of all ages in the design and painting of murals. We offer a viable solution to social isolation and property damage by working with our community to collaboratively create works of art. 

Want to get involved? Here’s how to apply:

Learn about the neighborhood: 

Themes: Neighborhood stories, culture, residents, and traditions including those of Tucson’s African American community

Submit your mural design and application DEADLINE: APRIL 2, 2018 Midnight 

To be considered, you must submit the following to:

1) Send 1 JPEG (maximum 5MB) of the preliminary sketch(es) of your mural design.
2) Write a short answer to the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in creating a mural in this neighborhood? What is your connection to or understanding of this area?
  • What knowledge, experience, skills, or strengths (artistic or otherwise) do you have that will help prepare you for this type of project? How can you  contribute?

3) Submit all Materials to: Or By Surface Mail to: TAB/Mural Fest P.O.Box 545, Tucson, AZ 85702
Mural fest planning committee and neighbors review designs and offer feedback.
4) Attend the Neighborhood Story Circle: 
Monday, March 26 at 6 PM - 8 PM 
Donna R Liggins Recreation Center, 
2160 North 6th Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705

Details and What to Expect:
Artists submit final revised design for approval by early April 10.
Painting will happen Thursday April 12- Sun April 15, you will be assigned your wall upon check in.
Most walls are 8' x 10'
Neighbors and the public are invited to celebrate and interact with artists the weekend of April 14-15. Murals must be completed by 9pm Sun April 15.
Artists must cover their own costs and supplies, including travel and lodging though we will be fundraising to offset these costs as much as possible.
Murals will be on cement walls lining the Bronx Wash, which runs east-west along Linden   St.
There will also be several walls available in nearby Jefferson Park neighborhood,
You get a cleaned wall as your canvas plus storage, water, and basic supplies from the Paint Station
An artist’s Food & Hydration Station will be open throughout the Fest
If you need additional time, special equipment or support please make note of that in your application.
This is a grassroots effort and we will do our best to accommodate all  needs!

Background Information About the Area:

Sugarhill is the historic neighborhood which now encompasses the El Cortez Heights, Feldmans, and Northwest neighborhoods. The area was a home to many from Tucson’s African-American community and is an area with a diverse history and living culture.  Systematic housing discrimination, or redlining, meant this was one of the only areas where African Americans and other people of color were allowed to buy homes in Tucson until the passing of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968. 

Jefferson Park Neighborhood: More info about the history/culture of the nearby Jefferson Park Neighborhood, at one point the northern edge of Tucson can be found here: 

Click here to read “Weaving Art into Grant Road” along Grant road “Culture, History, and Environment” assembled by the neighborhood. 

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