Opportunity to Design Mural in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) is seeking entries from professional muralists and mural teams who reside in Florida for

the commission of an original mural on the Riverwalk Center Parking Garage in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 150 SE Second Street.

The deadline to submit is Monday, June 10th by midnight.

The mural site is 20-foot wide by 65-foot high exterior wall of the city parking garage serving Florida Atlantic University, NSU Art Museum and the Broward County Main Library, as well as several surrounding offices and businesses. Artists are asked to be creative with the mural design, but it should not include any profanity, political messages or controversial content.

To be considered, Business for the Arts of Broward requests 8 to 10 images of previous work that highlight past work that is similar. In the description include the year the project was completed, dimensions, materials used, location and budget. Videos are not required, but if included, the limit is two videos.

The budget for the final commission is $30,000, which includes all costs associated with designing and installing a mural on the Riverwalk Center Parking Garage. This includes, but is not limited to, artist fees, meetings, site visits, site survey, design, materials, material tests, fabrication, site access (scaffolding, lift, etc.), installation, insurance and permitting conforming to Broward County and City of Fort Lauderdale requirements, travel, transportation and expenses, graffiti coating, maintenance plan, consultant and subcontractors fees and all other costs associated with this project.

Business for the Arts of Broward will select the artist or artist team that best meets

project requirements, based on the information included in the response to the call-for-entry and proposal. The selection panel will then make a recommendation to the City of Fort Lauderdale for final approval.

The panel will select and notify three finalists on Friday, June 21. The selected artists receive a $500 honorarium to create a detailed proposal that includes mural design concepts and a detailed execution plan including approach to design, materials, site access and installation, budget and timeline. The final selected artist will be notified on Thursday, August 8.

Evaluation will depend on the technical and aesthetics quality of past work samples, the candidates fit of their portfolio with the project vision, resume or CV highlighting past work of similar scope, relevant experience and demonstrated ability to successfully design, fabricate and administer public art murals.

There is no fee to enter. Works selected are based on originality, creativity, craftsmanship and artistic distinction. All work(s) must be submitted through the Call for Entries (CaFÉ) site.

For additional information, visit https://bfabroward.org/programs/public-art/ and click on “Call to Muralists – Riverwalk Center Garage.” All artists must fill in the entry form to be considered. All entries must be submitted via Call for Entries (CaFÉ). Please follow the directions on CaFÉ. If you have exhibition questions, please contact lpratico@bfabroward.org. Questions related to submitting through the CaFÉ platform should be directed to CaFÉ.

BFA offers its public art program to curate and facilitate interior and exterior murals and sculptures. Arts improve the image and identity of communities, attracts new visitors and integrates the vision of both community and business leaders. The program supports local artists and creatives and reinforces the culture of community, connectivity, unity and engagement across diverse populations.

If an individual or business is interested in sponsoring this mural project or other mural projects, please contact Business for the Arts of Broward at 954-940-4933.

Business for the Arts of Broward is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that engages businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s art and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success and economic development. The organization’s Public Art Committee’s mural program is modeled after Wynwood Walls in Miami, Yorkville Murals in Toronto, Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Baltimore Mural Program, among others.

For more information about BFA and its programs, contact Robyn Vegas at 954-940-4933 or rvegas@bfabroward.org.

About Business for the Arts of Broward

Business for the Arts of Broward is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) engaging businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s art and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development. To learn more visit www.Facebook.com/BFABroward or www.bfabroward.org.

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