DISTRICT MURAL PROGRAM
Most recent benchmark: Seven artists selected to participate in the program.
Upcoming benchmark: Professional development training for artists begins in Philadelphia and Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TENN. May 9, 2018. Seven local artists have been selected to participate in UrbanArt Commission’s District Mural Training Program, which provides mural training and professional developement from MuralArts Philadelphia and culminates in each artist creating their own $30,000 mural project in each of the seven Coucil districts. A selection committee consisting of Memphis artists and past District Mural Program participants Jamond Bullock and Jason Miller, Claire Brulatour of Young Arts Patrons, Britney Thornton of JUICE Orange Mound, Tonya Dyson of Community Lift, and Dale Harris of Self+ Tucker architects selected Lawrence Matthews, Danielle Sierra, Carl Scott, Larry Walker, Lindsey Bailey, Joseph Boyd and Darlene Newman from a pool of over 40 applicants. Artists were selected based on criteria released by UAC and the selection committee in a call for artists in December 2017. Criteria included a commitment to neighborhood and community engagement, a willingness to expand into public art, ability to collaborate and communicate, as well as quality of work demonstrated in submitted work samples.
UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are proud to revive the District Mural Program for its second iteration, the first of which took place in 2011, and led to the creation of murals by local artists at sites including Gaisman Community Center, Greenlaw Community Center and Bethel LaBelle Community Center.
The seven artists recently traveled for site visits and training with MuralArts Philadelphia, which is the largest public art program in the United States. There, the artists met with muralists and gained tactical knowledge around budgeting, community engagement and mural application.
Installation of the seven murals is scheduled for completion by September 2019.