City seeks artists for murals in the Granary District

Map of the Granary District Project Area. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

For the past few years, the Granary District’s large warehouses have attracted creative entrepreneurs and artists to the area.  Officials from the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) and the Salt Lake City Arts Council hope that the neighborhood buildings’ exteriors will also spark some creativity.  On Friday, April 6 the organizations officially kick-offed the Granary District Mural Grant Program.

Through the public art collaboration, the RDA and Arts Council will provide the funding for local artists to paint large-scale murals on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the RDA’s Granary District Project Area, the area bounded by 600 South to the freeway onramp and 300 West to 500 West.

According to officials, the program will contribute to the beautification, diversification and economic vitality of the historic Granary neighborhood that was once known as the city’s heart of manufacturing.

“This is an incredibly exciting component of the community’s collective revitalization of the Granary District,” said Councilmember, RDA Board of Directors Chair and Granary resident, Derek Kitchen. “Alongside the just-completed and upcoming adaptive reuse redevelopment projects in the area, the Granary District Mural Grant Program will create an invaluable connection between the local arts community and the businesses and residents who invest and live in this burgeoning neighborhood.”

Under the mural program, interested artists can apply for grant funds for proposed site-specific artwork.  According to a statement from the city, officials are looking for proposals that highlighting the Granary District’s character and history, are visually engaging pedestrians and reflecting the City’s diverse artistic community.

In addition to artists, the city is looking for interested property owners that will willing to partner with artists to make their buildings available for murals.  The city will post participating sites on the Granary District Mural Grant Program Call for Artists website for artists to utilize.

Applicants need to submit a letter of interest and a visual proposal, eligible applications must include a written agreement between the applying artist and property owner of the proposed exterior space for the mural. The proposed property must be within the boundaries of the Granary District Project Area.

The program is funded by $150,000 appropriated by the RDA Board of Directors. Selected artists will be awarded up to $15,000 per mural, depending on mural dimensions. Submissions are due May 17, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Full application information can be found at http://saltlakepublicart.org/for-artists/calls-for-artists/

According to the city, the program is funded by $150,000 appropriated by the city council acting as the RDA Board of Directors.  The selected artists will be awarded up to $15,000 per mural, depending on mural dimensions.  Submissions are due May 17, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. MST. Full application information can be found at http://saltlakepublicart.org/for-artists/calls-for-artists/.

Area property owners interested in partnering with artists can send the following information to Salt Lake City Public Art Manager Dana Hernandez at dana.hernandez@slcgov.com: owner name, related relevant business name (if applicable), email or phone contact information, the dimensions of the available exterior area and a photo of the space.

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Isaac Riddle grew up just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a BA in English literature from the University of Utah and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University. Isaac has written for Next City, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook and Salt Lake City Weekly. Before embarking on a career in journalism, Isaac taught High School English in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Isaac is the founder of Building Salt Lake and can be reached at isaac@buildingsaltlake.com.