East Lansing looking for an artist to paint a mural of diversity downtown

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 / 9:53 AM ESTUpdated: March 2, 2021 / 9:53 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – The East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) is looking for an artist to create a public mural.

But not just any type of mural – they’re looking for a mural that represents the country’s cultural heritage and diversity, including blacks, indigenous and colored people, as well as the LGBTQIA + community.

The mural should also celebrate the city’s commitment to diversity, justice and inclusion, the importance art plays in defining a sense of place and community, and the diversity of the East Lansing community.

The mural is located in downtown East Lansing on the fourth and fifth floors of the Albert Avenue Garage, 218 Albert Ave., which is part of the Center City development. The mural will be approximately 23 feet high and 53 feet wide and will be funded with public art fund dollars through the Percent for Art program.

Interested artists have until March 23, 2021 until 5:00 p.m. (EST) to submit their qualifications. After the initial review of their qualifications, the East Lansing Arts Selection Panel will invite three to five artists to submit a full proposal. These artists will receive $ 500 in compensation for their proposals, whether or not their proposal was selected.

Details of the request, including how to submit qualifications and the selection process, can be found at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/bids.aspx. Interested artists can learn more about the tender on the Michigan Inter-Governmental Trade Network purchasing group website.

Installation of the mural is tentatively scheduled for summer 2021, and an inauguration ceremony is tentatively scheduled for August 2021. Artists with questions about the public mural project can email [email protected]

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