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Murals Sought for King Commons Great Place

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Murals Sought for King Commons Great Place




Near Northwest Arts, Parks, and Public Space Action Team (APPS), in partnership with LISC, NWQOL Holding Company, and Groundwork Indy, invites artists to submit proposals for a King Commons Great Place mural project.

BUDGET:  $1,000 per mural, paint will be supplied (5 commissioned)

ELIGIBILITY: Artists 18 and over and living in Marion County, Indiana

DEADLINE: March 20, 2020, 11:59pm

NOTE: This process requires applicants to submit color sketches for the mural they wish to create as a part of their application. Applicants are not compensated for this up-front design work.


Five artists or artist groups are sought to create murals that will be painted on five sections of multiple plywood panels that will be installed by the project organizers. There will be three 52ft x 8ft panels, one 40ft x 8ft panel, and one 32ft x 8ft panel. Artists selected to develop a mural will then need to refine their sketches and present final designs at a public meeting on April 16, 2020. Further design adjustments may be necessary based on community input. All submitting artists must be able to create the mural on-site, during the month of May, for a final completion date of May 21, 2020, with some flexibility.


March 2, 2020 @ 6 pm Groundwork Indy, 1100 Burdsal Pkwy., Indianapolis, IN 46208. If you are unable to attend, contact Jasmine Tylor at or call (219) 292-9767.

The goal for this project is to create a temporary work of art with aspirational, visionary, uplifting imagery.

The project site is the retail center at the southwest corner of 30th St. and Dr. Martin Luther King St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208. The retail center is currently vacant, and redevelopment of the site is not expected for at least one year. Redevelopment of the property will involve demolition of the retail center. When the property is redeveloped, the murals will be removed and relocated to a different site in the community.

Paint will be supplied, but artists are responsible for supplying their own equipment such as brushes, markers, ladders etc. The project organizers will install mural panels and prep the surface. Artists will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

The following timeline has been established to ensure that our project goals are achieved; however, the following project timeline shall be subject to change when deemed necessary.

  • March 2, 2020 – Artist Informational Meeting (6pm @ Groundwork Indy, 1100 Burdsal PKWY, Indianapolis, IN 46208) If you cannot attend the Artist Informational meeting, submit your questions to by March 2, 2020, 5pm. Questions and answers will be distributed via email by March 4, 2020.
  • March 20, 2020 – Submitted proposals due by 11:59 pm.
  • March 27, 2020 – Artists notified of selection
  • March 30 – April 15, 2020 – Finalize design for project and sign contract.
  • April 16, 2020 – Artists present designs at Community Meeting
  • April 20 – May 21, 2020 – Mural installs.

Artists will be selected by a project sub-committee of the Near Northwest Arts, Parks, and Public Space Action Team. After selection, the artists will work with the organizers to finalize the design of the murals. The selection will be finalized with a signed contract between all interested parties. Criteria for selection will be based upon quality of design and its alignment with the project theme.


  1. Artist’s Name(s), if artist group, select one artist to serve as contact
  2. Artist’s Address
  3. Artist’s Phone and Email (indicate preferred method of communication)
  4. Applicants may submit up to three full-color design proposals, with the color sketches of the proposed design(s) made to scale and proportions of the final mural panel(s). Only one of these designs may be selected. All design submittals must be jpegs with file name in the following format:
    King Commons Mural Project_Artist Last Name_Artist First Name_Title


All submittals must be sent via email to with the subject line: King Commons Mural Project_Artist Last Name_Artist First Name

QUESTIONS? Contact Jasmine Tylor, or call (219) 292-9767.


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