RFQ: The ARTZ In the Neighborhood Mural Project

RFQ: The ARTZ In the Neighborhood Mural Project

This Deadline Expired: Monday, June 28, 2021

A mural project to engage those living with dementia in Philadelphia with enhanced quality of life experiences through art

Beginning Spring 2021

Please email cathy.harris@muralarts.org with any questions or comments.
No phone calls, please.

Theme: Dementia in Communities of People of Color

Mural Arts Philadelphia is proud to partner with ARTZ Philadelphia and Esperanza Health Center on a major project to provide quality of life programming and art opportunities to people living with dementia. This project seeks to engage individuals in workshops to provide opportunities for creative expression, dignity preservation and connection with others in an effort to honor the agency and self advocacy of community members living with memory loss. Participants will be encouraged to find ways to “make their mark” and demonstrate that dementia does not dismantle humanity.  Only stigmas and other human beings can do that.

The project will especially focus on how the African-American and Hispanic communities are particularly affected by dementia.  Data suggest that the prevalence of dementia in these communities  is considerably higher that in non-Hispanic white communities. Despite this disparity, these groups often receive delayed diagnosis and inadequate treatment following diagnosis. This is compounded by cultural factors, such as lack of access to proper care; the perception of what is normal aging and what is not;, a lack of trust between doctors practicing traditional medicine and people of color; and the stigmas associated with dementia.

Project

We are seeking artists to create a permanent mural project that provides opportunities for individuals, families and communities  of color who are living with dementia to have quality of life experiences through a community engagement process. 

The goals of the project are to support individuals, families and care partners by providing: : 

This mural will be installed on the wall of 4455 North 6th Street, which is directly across the parking lot of the Esperanza Health Center.

The budget will be $29,000, which must cover all artist fees, including artist fees, community engagement costs, mural production and installation costs, and project management. 

Learn more about the project and how to apply here

Erin Elman
Erin Elman
My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions style.  Majority of my works are oil paintings, created in series, in a representational style,. Some of note are “Buddhas on Handmade Paper”, “Bicycles in Snow” “#Savetheelephants”. The common thread in my diverse art is the feeling of serenity and tranquility, with the ultimate objective in every painting to capture the harmonious existence of different elements in nature, that evidences life is strong, calm and beautiful.
Bhavisha Patel
Bhavisha Patel

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of…

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions…

My art spans many disciplines and areas. Being a self taught, learning and experimenting has become an ingrained part of my practice and as such there is a diverse range of subject matter and on some occasions style. Majority…

Gilvan Nunes
Gilvan Nunes
Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination with images borrowed from art history and other popular cultural sources, Borgen has developed a hybrid visual language which he uses in his digital prints and wall installations to make comment on topics ranging from historical, formal strategies of artmaking to issues within the current political and social discourse.
Matthew Borgen
Matthew Borgen

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative…

Matthew Borgen's recent work utilizes imagery from comic books published during the mid-20th century — the genre’s so-called golden age. Using their visual conventions, nostalgic aura, and narrative structure in combination…

Alfred Ortega
Alfred Ortega
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