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Creative Crosswalk Project

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Call Summary

Through the Creative Crosswalk Project, the Chapman Cultural Center seeks to recruit an artist, team of artists, or multiple artists to design and implement a series of crosswalk murals at two key intersections in downtown Spartanburg. This project must begin no later than May 15, 2019, and be completed by June 30th, 2019. The total budget for this project is $8,000 including the cost of materials. To be eligible, artists must currently live in Spartanburg County. Applications are due by March 24th at midnight.

Project Description

The Chapman Cultural Center, in partnership with the City of Spartanburg, the Downtown Development Partnership and OneSpartanburg, is looking to implement crosswalk murals at two intersections in downtown Spartanburg. Artists (or teams) will be awarded one of the two intersections depending on experience, design, and project budget. The final designs will be made in cooperation with the Chapman Cultural Center staff and our project advisory committee. The selected artist(s) must agree to meet with staff and the committee to review designs and to discuss timelines, budget, and planning. The selected artist(s) must also agree to work within the material and design constraints as determined by the South Carolina Department of Transportation and the City of Spartanburg.

Project Goals:

  • To create a more vibrant, safe, accessible downtown for pedestrians
  • To increase the inventory of public art in Spartanburg’s Downtown Cultural District
  • To engage with local artists and provide opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and professional development

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Art Location Description:

Both crosswalk murals will be implemented in Spartanburg’s Downtown Cultural District at the following intersections: Main St. and Magnolia St. (2; west and east), Main St. and King St. (2, north and east). Crosswalks range in size from approximately 200 – 475 sq. ft. with an average of 380 sq. feet. For more detailed information please see the site plans and images.

Budget: $8,000 for materials and artists’ fees

Artist Eligibility

To be eligible, artists must:

  • Be a current resident of Spartanburg County
  • Have experience working with murals and/or public art projects of similar scales and timelines

Application Requirements:

  • Resume or C.V.
  • Short Bio
  • No more than 10 images of previous work
  • Project Proposal (<500 words)
  • Estimated project budget including artist fees and material costs

Deadline: March 24, 2019, at midnight

Project Timeline:

Final designs must be created and approved no later than May 1, 2019. Painting must begin no later than May 15, 2019. The project must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Selection Process:

Chapman Cultural Center staff and Downtown Cultural District Advisory Committee will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will be contacted and interviews scheduled by April 5, 2019.

How to apply:

Please submit your application to Eric Kocher at ekocher@spartanarts.org by midnight, March 24, 2019.

Application package must include, in one email:

  • Project proposal (no more than 500 words, typed into the body of the email)
  •  No more than 10 images, OR a link to images of previous/current murals, public art, or other related work you have done (may include multiple links if multiple artists are involved, but no more than 10 images total may be attached)
  • CV for each artist (no more than two pages, attached as a .pdf or .docx or similar format)
  • Bio for each artist (no more than one page, attached as a .pdf or .docx or similar format)
  • Proposed Budget (no more than one page, attached as a .pdf or .docx or similar format)

If selected as a finalist you will be asked to provide sketches for each mural proposal and participate in an interview to discuss your vision for the project.

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This Project is funded by the City of Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce through OneSpartanburg and the Downtown Development Partnership.

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