Artists can now apply online to paint one of the largest murals in Detroit
- Community wall bordering new FCA plant will become 1,500 foot long mural
- Artists can easily apply now on the City Walls Detroit webpage
- 200 artists have expressed interest, application deadline is March 31
Detroit made the call and the world is responding. Applications are now open for artists to develop one of the largest municipal art installations in Detroit history as a part of the City Walls Detroit mural program alongside FCA and Detroit’s Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship. In just the first week, about 200 global artists have inquired about the project with a dozen applications already submitted. Artists can apply directly by visiting the City Walls Detroit website.
When complete, the murals on Detroit’s east side will span 1,500 feet long and 15 feet high along two outer walls near FCA’s new auto assembly plant. One canvas runs along Beniteau Street directly across from Southeastern High School. The second canvas is on the facility’s south wall and faces a new storm water park with a walking path, pollinator gardens, and an educational pavilion.
The City and FCA are committed to a project that reflects the culture and identity of local neighborhoods. To ensure that, local residents from the Beniteau and Lillibridge communities are working with students from Southeastern High School and Detroit Enterprise Academy to generate mural themes. The themes will help guide the completed mural to ensure it is representative of the values and personality of the local community.
“The wall is something that neighbors asked for as part of the city's community benefits ordinance and now that it's up, we are excited about this mural project," said Darnell Gardner, a Beniteau street resident who also was a member of the Neighborhood Advisory Council that negotiated the community benefits agreement. "Between the jobs FCA is bringing and community benefits, this is the most attention the city has given this neighborhood in decades."
Artists can apply directly here at the City Walls webpage. Applications close on March 31, 2020. A selection committee will then be responsible for selecting a winning artist or team by June 1, 2020.
The mural project comes after FCA’s February announcement that it is investing $1.6 billion to convert two existing Mack Avenue facilities into a new assembly plant for an all-new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA partnered with the City on a Community Benefits Agreement to provide more than $35 million in support for neighborhood improvements, housing, workforce development, education and training programs, and environmental initiatives.