Opportunities - Exhibitions


Entry Deadline: October 17, 2016

The Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club is a hub of activity for the surrounding neighborhood, serving youth in its programs, and fostering long-term investment from Alumni of all ages, parents, and staff. Historically, this Club was groundbreaking as the first Boys & Girls Club to serve African American youth and first to be led by an African American Director. Building off of this incredible legacy and their continued role in the community, this mural project seeks to portray African American leaders, including inspiring inventors from STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), prominent Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club Alumni, and the founders of The Links service organization. The mural will serve as inspiration in its final imagery, and provide opportunities for Club youth to research African American inventors and community leaders and participate in key moments throughout the process.

The mural will be located on the exterior of the Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club located at 328 W Coulter St on a Northwest-facing wall adjacent to Morris Street and viewed from W Coulter St. The wall is 30’4” x 24’ (730 sq. ft.)

The mural will be painted directly on the wall in Spring of 2017. Throughout the project development, the artist is expected to attend community meetings to present their design vision. Additionally, the artist is expected to conduct two paint days with select older youth participants and members of The Links service organization. Artists submitting proposals must have a firm grasp of mural making skills and diplomacy in their collaboration with community members. The Mural Arts Program has years of expertise and will work closely with the artist throughout the process. The Mural Arts Program will be responsible for maintaining the mural after its completion which is expected to have a lifespan of at least 10 years.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 17, 2016
Selected artist to be notified: late October-early November 2016
Discovery/Design Phase:
Mural Community Meetings: November-December 2016
Mural Design Reviews: December 2016
Mural Final Design Unveiling: December 2016-January 2017
Production Phase: April-May 2017
Completion: May-June 2017
Dedication Event: June 2017

This call is open to established and emerging artists, or an artist team, with priority given to artists who have a strong connection to Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, who live in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood or have in the past and currently live close enough to commute regularly, and who have demonstrated experience in managing a project of this magnitude. Given the mural theme, priority will be given to artists who have a strong figurative and narrative portfolio.

Please send us the following elements by email and all labeled with your name:
1. Artist/Collaborative Statement of Interest, two pages maximum, (a) explaining how you would approach this project, including how you would engage the community in the design process (b) describing relevant experience that would contribute to your success in completing this project, and (c) confirming your availability to undertake this project within its timeline in Philadelphia
2. Current Resume or Bio
3. 5 digital images–examples of your work that give a sense of your skill and approach to this

Submissions or questions should be addressed to E. Maude Haak-Frendscho, Project Manager: maude.haak-frendscho@muralarts.org

Opportunity posted on: September 21, 2016