2024 Arts and Culture Mural Project

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Project Location: Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Project Installation: Between September 14-22, 2024 (artists must be present in Sault Ste. Marie September 20 - 21, 2024)
Artist(s) Fees: $6,000 (includes HST)
Proposal Deadline: May 24, 2024 at 4:30pm
Project Description
This call for mural artists is to assist in the creation of permanent public art as part of a city-wide arts and culture festival that showcases and celebrates artists and the diverse community within Sault Ste. Marie. Specifically, this public art project will assist in the forging and facilitation of relationships, placemaking, and reflections of identity that will speak to the unique character, culture, or heritage of the city.
Artist(s) Duties
Participation in community consultation activities, attending scheduled meetings, creation of mural designs, revisions, delivery of final digital files, media interviews, and photo or promotional opportunities during festival dates in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
Artist Eligibility Requirements
  • Please note that while artist applications will be considered, artists from or currently residing within the region will be prioritized 
  • Open to established artist(s) or artist teams 
  • Individuals from diverse equity-deserving groups, including but not limited to visible minority groups, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ are welcomed and encouraged to apply
  • Individuals who apply must be 18 years of age or older to be considered
Project Process:

Stage 1: Call for Artists
Submission process

Complete the Application form provided here.

Applications can be emailed with the subject line: Call for Artists – Community Art Project 2024 to Aliesha Moore at a.moore@cityssm.on.ca by May 24, 2024 at 4:30 p.m.

The application email should include the following:
  • An artist's CV or resume;
  • Three (3) samples (pdf, jpg, png files accepted) of work demonstrating previous experience working on large-scale murals 
  • Completed Application Form
Stage 2 - Selection Process 
The Community Arts Project Working Group consisting of partner representatives from the City of Sault Ste. Marie, The Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association, and respective property stakeholders will review the submitted applications and supporting materials.
Stage 3 - Production & Deliverables
Upon selection, a representative from the Community Arts Project Working Group will liaise between Artists and property stakeholders to connect and assist in the discussion and development of mural concepts and artwork. 
Artists will be required to complete and submit a final design after consulting with property stakeholders. Artists may be required to revise and deliver requested changes by the property stakeholders.
The production and installation of the artwork will be the responsibility of the artist. Working Group Partners will assist in the acquisition and coordination of materials and resources associated with the mural installation.
Artists will not be responsible for the costs or purchase of materials (paint, bottles, buckets, brushes, etc.), rentals and property location preparation, unless otherwise determined by the artist and Working Group. 
Anticipated Schedule/ Project Timeline:
Activity Date
Call for artists close May 24, 2024
Working group review of artist applications Late May - Early June
Working group review of locations Late May - Early June
Artists contacted for interview (virtual or in person) Mid June
Artist selection with property partner Mid June
Artist notified Late June
Selected artists introduced to property partner Late June - Early June
Concepts developed  July-August 2024
Concepts revised and confirmed August 2024
Materials for mural installation confirmed Mid August
Creation of mural September 14 - 22, 2024
Festival date September 20 - 21, 2024

Additional Information:
If you have questions about this Call for Artists, please contact Aliesha Moore by email at a.moore@cityssm.on.ca. Please allow for 1-2 business days for a response.
We thank all applicants, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted
If assistance is required while submitting an application, please email a.moore@cityssm.on.ca or call 705-989-8240.
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