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Artists’ Row, Salem, MA

“FOR INFORMATION:

Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner

Department of Planning and Community Development

120 Washington Street

Salem, MA 01970

www.salem.com

dgreel@salem.com

978-619-5681 ”

The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way. 

In the interest of enhancing the visual experience for residents and visitors in this great walking city, the City of Salem is inviting artists to help transform these spaces that are part of the City of Salem Art Space Initiative and the murals will provide an entertaining and stimulating experience to those that live in and visit Salem. 

PROJECT CRITERIA

Who can participate? 

Anyone may apply. Either solo or in small teams. 

Timeframe: 

Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 8:30am – 8:30pm. It is anticipated that artists will complete the mural in this timeframe. 

Painting Surface: 

There will be 10 walls available for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. They will be primed plywood sheets mounted to the existing brick walls. The format will be 8’ wide by 4’ tall. 

Materials/Supplies: 

Due to the close proximity to other artists and local businesses during the event, along with practical considerations for drying time, Acrylic paint will be the only media permitted for use during the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. 

Acrylic paint and individual painting surfaces will be provided by the city of Salem. All other materials will be provided by the artist. 

Awards & Prizes

Artists will be competing for the following prizes. Awards will be acknowledged at the event and the prized within a week of the event. People Choice Awards

1st Place $750 

Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative

2nd Place $500 

Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative

3rd Place $250 

Sponsored by “Sully’s Brand” 

4th Place $150 

Sponsored by Structures North Consulting Engineers

Application Requirements/Checklist

City Ordinance. The City of Salem Code of Ordinances provides that no individual should be denied equal treatment or opportunity as a result of his or her age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Any rental use open to the public which denies or tends to deny to an individual equal access on the basis of: age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, is hereby prohibited. 

Applicants MUST attach the following items to the Application, in order to be considered for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. If more than one artist is participating on one mural, they must all include their names on the application. 

 Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable

 Examples of artwork – (See application

 Four Jpeg images of previous work 

 Artist proposal 

Artists’ proposals for the mural should be a scale image or description based on the dimensions of the wall. 

Proposals should include the artist’s signature (or identifying mark) as it would appear on the mural. All submitted applications become the property of the City of Salem. 

Applications will be ineligible if they involve: 

 A breach of intellectual property rights (i.e., somebody else’s idea) 

 Trademarks, brand or business names, logos or copyrighted images 

 Anything that is harmful to a third party 

TIMELINE: 

 May 6, noon Deadline for Applications 

 May 12 Notification to Applicants 

 Saturday, June 4 & 5 “Mural Slam” Paint on location 

PRINTABLE PDF

2016 SALEM MURAL SLAM APPLICATION

APPLICANT INFORMATION (PLEASE PRINT) 

Name of Artisan/Artists/Group: __________________________________________________________________ 

Primary Contact Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ 

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Home Phone #: ____________________________________ Cell Phone #: _________________________________ 

Email Address: __________________________________ Website: ________________________________________ 

Statement of Interest (no more than 50 words): ________________________________________________ 

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________

PHOTO DESCRIPTION SHEET/EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS WORK

PHOTO #1 ― Title: 

Medium: 

Techniques: 

Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth) in inches: 

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