The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative announces an open call to mural artists for the “Women’s Mural Project: Celebrating Black Suffragists and Black Women in Englewood, NJ”. The ArtsBergen initiative in collaboration with its community partners — The Women’s Rights Information Center, Metro Community Center, and the Woman’s Club of Englewood — plan to implement the project. The mural will be painted on the east-facing wall of The Women’s Rights Information Center’s building in downtown Palisade Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.
The project also includes open workshops to capture and elevate the stories of Black women in Englewood. The workshops relate to Black suffragists’ lives and accomplishments. In addition, the mural celebrates their voices, raises awareness about Black suffragists, and encourages civil discourse within the community.
Artists and Artist Teams Invited to Apply
The Foundation seeks an artist or an artist team knowledgeable about creative placemaking or with experience working closely with community members, using a collaborative creative process to translate community input into public art. Furthermore, the Foundation strongly encourages women artists culturally connected to the subject matter to apply. Local artists are also encouraged to apply. The selected artist or artist team will also receive $20,000 in total to design and paint the mural, plus a supply budget.
Artists applying to the call should submit an application by Friday, September 10, 2021. For further information about the project, an estimated timeline, selection criteria, and to apply, go to the online site. AARP Community Challenge Grant, Valley Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, and PNC Bank provide major support for the project.
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative, a regional arts alliance, works with various stakeholders. These stakeholders encompass artists, arts organizations, businesses and municipal leaders. They use the arts to shape the social, physical, cultural, and economic identity of communities. The initiative also uses creative placemaking, a community-led, arts-driven approach, to increase vibrancy, spur economic development, and build capacity among residents to take ownership of their communities.
ArtsBergen is the only initiative in Bergen County, New Jersey offering a range of services in creative placemaking. The initiative aksi partners with multiple municipalities facilitating creative teams and developing public art and creative placemaking plans. In addition, ArtsBergen directs and manages public art projects to preserve and express community culture. For more information about the initiative, visit it online or contact 201-568-5608 or email@example.com.