Together Place is looking for an artist for the Bangor mural project

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – Calling all artists! Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center is looking for help to beautify the Bangor community.

Thanks to a number of local donors, Together Place is offering a $3,500 contract to a professional artist living in Maine to create a mural.

The side of the Shaw supermarket on Main Street will serve as the canvas.

The theme of the project is “An Optimistic Vision Inspiring Neighborhood Recovery”.

Organizers hope the mural will serve as a long-term community pride and celebration of recovery.

A small group of Together Place members will assist the artist in creating the final product.

“It will definitely be a professional artist’s vision and they will lead the project, but it’s good for people in recovery to be directly involved in helping something, and especially this one here at Shaw. We’re talking about a very important location, a busy street right across from Waterfront Concerts, and something that will be a landmark for this city for years and years to come,” said Sean Faircloth , Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center. executive director.

The selection process is now underway. Project proposals must be submitted by June 3.

Full details, including how to apply, are listed below, courtesy of Together Place.

Call for artist to design and create a mural at the location of the high traffic high street opposite the Bangor waterfront

Theme:

An optimistic vision inspiring the revitalization of the neighborhood

Empower the artist:

Selected artists will have the freedom to create an uplifting piece of public art that will have a lasting positive impact on our community.

Empowering our community:

Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center is leading a neighborhood improvement initiative and calling for artists to submit artwork renderings for a highly visible location at 353 Main Street, Bangor, Maine, across from the waterfront from Bangor. Wall installation must take place before it gets cold in 2022.

Amount of contract: $3,500 for the mural as described above.

Here is a video of the broad community participation in our neighborhood recovery initiative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBy6EiXGn3U&t=75s

● You can see in the introductory video the timestamped location of a short summary of the plan. We seek to revitalize a neighborhood immediately adjacent to downtown and the waterfront, a neighborhood with one of the highest overdose rates in Maine, a neighborhood facing significant poverty. Together Place empowers people in mental health and addiction recovery to support each other moving forward. It is possible that this project will lead to additional collaboration with the murals, as we have funds for more. We are looking for an artistic vision that matches our optimistic plan. The name Together Place Peer Run Recovery Center should be recognized on a plaque adjacent to the mural, as should Shaw’s Supermarket, the artist and the assistant artists, but the primary focus is an individual creative vision that will stand the test of time. time, serving our neighborhood and our entire regional Bangor community.

We are looking for artists who:

● Collaborate with a mural committee convened by Together Place.

● Supervise, in a meaningful mentoring role, a small group of Together Place members who, under the guidance and supervision of the artist, would assist in the creation of the mural.

● Have a vision for one or more murals that will serve long-term community pride and neighborhood recovery.

SELECTION PROCESS:

The Together Place Mural Committee will review artist submissions, including renderings, and choose finalists to further discuss their original proposals.

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:

● Artistic strength as exemplified by vision, originality, renderings of proposed murals and understanding of craftsmanship and a portfolio of related work and experience (35%).

● Ability to articulate a process to guide people in recovery through the implementation phases of the project (25%).

● Ability to translate artistic concepts into work that will activate or enhance the proposed space (25%).

● Ability to complete the proposal on time and within budget (10%).

● The application is complete with ideas well communicated (5%).

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Professional artists living in Maine (“living in” is defined by state income taxes, driver’s license, or state ID card).

● The project is open to artists of any age, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability physical. Students are eligible as long as they meet the other criteria.

● Teams of artists are eligible to apply, including teams from multiple disciplines.

● Members of the selection committee and their immediate families are not eligible.

DEADLINE for submissions with submissions: Friday, June 3, 2022.

MATERIALS REQUIRED IN THE SUBMISSION:

Documents should be submitted by email to [email protected] All documents must be in PDF format. All images must be in jpg or PDF format. Any submission that fails to meet the requirements may be deemed ineligible. Make sure submissions are labeled properly with your name and email address on each document. Your proposal should include:

● A concise up-to-date curriculum vitae for the participating artists (maximum 2 pages per artist).

● A written proposal outlining what your concept and approach will be for approaching the site’s public art space(s), including how you will include Together Place volunteers in your creation.

● Detailed drawings or paintings of the proposed work.

● A budget showing how your $3,500 will be spent, including expected costs for materials, fabrication and installation.

● Projections and assurances regarding the durability of the artwork, including how the artwork will withstand the seasons and for how long. Please upload it as a separate document and do not include it in your proposal narrative.

● Four digital images of recent work. If an artist team or artist organization applies, they can only submit four images for all artists. Do not download A/V files of any kind. Only jpg or PDF files can be edited.

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