Mental Health Effects of Racism (Ongoing Project)
This Deadline Expired: Friday, May 28, 2021
Request for Proposals!
Concept and Summary:
Mural Arts Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), in collaboration as the Porch Light program, are seeking to partner Black artists with Black mental health clinicians to engage with communities throughout Philadelphia and create a public artwork on the topic of mental health and racism.
Studies have shown far-reaching psychological effects of experiencing racism and anti-Blackness. These effects include increased stress, anxiety and depression, which can lead to increased susceptibility to chronic illnesses as well as the potential for other consequences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. These effects have the potential to be passed down from generation to generation.
This project would look to highlight not only these mental health impacts of racism but also the sources of strength that come from communities and individuals.
This project has two main components: The artist-mental health clinician team will be expected to design and lead public conversations and art activities, which will culminate in a work of permanent or temporary public art (a public-facing piece that is generated through public engagement). Examples have included, but are not limited to, murals, film festivals, and installations. The clinician(s) will provide context on mental health and help train the artists on creating a safe environment to hold these conversations. The project will also include a symposium after unveiling of the public art to disseminate learning from the process.
Our goal is for the artist and clinician team to work collaboratively to shape the project, including the title, the avenues for engagement and the public artwork. Porch Light will provide a framework, logistical support and funding for this project, and both Porch Light and DBHIDS will provide behavioral health resources and support.
Mural Arts and the DBHIDS are seeking individual artists and clinicians or artist-clinician teams to apply. Artists may specialize in any form of art-making, such as muralism, film, photography, creative storytelling or poetry, that is appropriate for presentation in public space. Mental health clinicians must have, at minimum, masters level training in social work, psychology, psychiatry or a related field.
Applications are due by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021.
The goal of Porch Light is to provide access and resources for mental and behavioral health in unique ways. In conjunction with Porch Light, this project will aim for:
- Black artists and mental health clinicians fostering art activities and conversations around the impact of racism and mental health in Philadelphia. This will include working with established Porch Light partners (for example, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Engaging Males of Color teams at DBHIDS) and fostering new partners that the team wants to bring on.
- Providing an avenue for listening and learning, as well as a space to express emotions and frustrations, for communities throughout Philadelphia.
- Creating a public artwork that emerges from public engagement.
- Collaborating with Porch Light on a symposium after the public art piece debuts to discuss learnings from the project.
The artist and clinician team selected to lead this project will receive $30,000 total to cover planning, engagement, design creation, installation, and participation in the symposium. Fee breakdown will be determined after the team is selected and after the scope of work for each member is established. Separate funds (approximately another $30,000) will be available for project supplies, meeting costs and assistant artists, if necessary.
- Work with Porch Light and DBHIDS team to create a community engagement plan, including attending regular meetings (virtual or in-person, depending on Covid conditions).
- Lead engagement activities and workshops.
- Design artwork and participate in Mural Arts design review process.
- Create and install public artwork.
- Work in collaboration with the Porch Light team on symposium after artwork is installed. The artist-clinician team will not be responsible for logistics of the symposium; their contribution will be around the contents and learnings from the engagement, including helping to plan and participating in the symposium.
Mural Arts Responsibilities:
Porch Light and Mural Arts staff will purchase and deliver supplies, secure necessary permissions for community events, provide support at community engagement, secure necessary permissions for public artwork sites, and provide all other logistical support.
Project and Artist Selection Schedule (timeline is subject to change dependent on input from artist team):
Applications Due: May 28, 2021
Finalists Selected and Interviewed: June 1 to June 4, 2021
Team Selection: June 11, 2021
Project Development and Engagement: June 2021 to August 2021
Design: August 2021 to September 2021
Installation: September to October 2021
Completion, Dedication and Symposium: TBD
(This is an aspirational schedule for engagement, design and installation; however, adjustments can be made to fit the team.)
Artist Selection Criteria:
- A history of working in public art.
- An interest in exploring the impact of racism on mental health.
- An interest in pairing with a mental health clinician.
- A demonstrated ability to engage groups through art-making.
Mental Health Clinician Selection Criteria:
- An interest/background in exploring the impact of racism on mental health.
- Interest in/experience with collaborating with an artist.
- Experience facilitating tough conversations and/or training others in doing so.
- Masters level experience required in social work, psychology, psychiatry or related field.
How to Apply:
Please send the following to Nadia Malik at email@example.com with the subject line “Porch Light 2021 Signature Project”:
- Statement of Interest (maximum two pages/minimum one paragraph), including suggestions for community engagement goals and approaches you would like to explore in this project, plus relevant experience that would contribute to this project. This statement can also include general goals for being involved in this project.
- Current resume or list of projects/relevant experience.
- For artists: Contact information for two references that can speak to your ability to successfully create a project like this.
- For artists: Five to ten digital images of your work that give a sense of skill and approach to this project.
- For clinicians: Provide examples of your experience in leading difficult conversations and/or experience in training others.
- For clinicians: Contact information for two references that can speak to your experience in leading difficult conversations and training others.
Artist and clinician teams can apply together or separately. Please note that if you apply separately, it is with the assumption that you will be paired with an artist or clinician, respectively. Any questions can be directed to Nadia Malik at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions and concerns prior to applying are welcome and encouraged.