“Barrels O’ Art” Project Needs Visual Artists

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen announces a call for ten visual artists and/or artist teams to design and paint murals on ten rain barrels for the “Barrels O’ Art” project in the City of Hackensack. Each rain barrel serves as a canvas for a painted mural. The selected artists paint themes on the barrels compiled from a survey distributed earlier to residents of Hackensack. Examples of those themes include animals, fantasy, architecture, cultural diversity, and environmental protection.  Other themes encompass education, sports/athletics and the City of Hackensack in the future.

Visual artists will paint murals on ten barrels for the "Barrels of O' Art" project.

Artists paint murals on ten rain barrels for the “Barrels O’ Art” project.

With a 2023 AARP Community Challenge Flagship Grant, the rain barrel public art and education project, “Barrels O’ Art”, launches. This activity comprises a part of the Partners for Places Green Infrastructure and Environmental Justice for Flood Mitigation project undertaken in partnership with the City of Hackensack and Greater Bergen Community Action. “Barrels O’ Art” involves artists painting rain barrels to display temporarily in Carver Park, beautifying this flood-prone neighborhood and educating the public about flooding.

Furthermore, this temporary art installation promotes the community kick-off meeting for the Green Infrastructure and Environmental Justice for Flood Mitigation project. This project also encourages environmental stewardship and the beneficial use of rain barrels in the City of Hackensack. In addition, residents of Hackensack will have an opportunity to receive a rain barrel through a free raffle.

From September to the end of October 2023 , temporary installation of the barrels for “Barrels O’ Art” takes place in Carver Park in Hackensack, New Jersey. These barrels raise awareness through the arts about ways to prevent future flooding.  Furthermore, they draw attention to issues around environmental justice and green infrastructure solutions such as rain barrels.

Application Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and either work or live in New Jersey. Hackensack-based artists are also encouraged to apply to submit applications for “Barrels O’ Art”. A juried selection committee chooses the artists  They use these criteria: 1. artistic excellence 2. creativity of design 3. how imaginatively the theme is communicated 4. prior experience with outdoor murals.

Each artist or team selected also receives $700 in compensation and a $200 supply budget. Find complete guidelines online.

Applicants must log onto Artcall.org, follow the instructions, and provide the requested information. Complete the online application form and upload it by Monday, August 7, 2023.

Supporters of “Barrels O’ Art” include The Funders Network, AARP, Valley Bank, and The Rotary Club of Hackensack.  For more information, contact nnjcf@nnjcf.org or call 201-568-5608.

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