ArtBridge is seeking two Bronx-based artists (with preference given to artists living in or near Morrisania) to lead a participatory, youth-inspired creative process to design and install large-scale step street murals at two sites in Morrisania:

Apply here today (April 4 deadline).

Artists will be chosen by a panel consisting of Laura Alvarez, Lauren Click, DreamYard, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Funding for this work is made possible by the KaBOOM! Play Everywhere Challenge, a national initiative to find creative opportunities to bring play into unexpected, everyday spaces.

Step streets are an iconic part of the Bronx streetscape and a high-visibility location for public art. Bright, eye-catching murals – created in collaboration with local youth – can bring a sense of play to these sites, transforming the pedestrian infrastructure into vibrant, health-promoting community assets.

We are currently seeking artists to submit their qualifications to lead the youth engagement and mural installation. Artists must be Bronx-based, have experience working with youth and experience producing public art.

Selected artists will receive support from ArtBridge and partner organization DreamYard to:

  • Plan and facilitate two after-school workshops with local youth to shape mural concept and design [mid-late April]
  • Incorporate youth feedback into final mural design [early May]
  • Install mural on step street and create opportunities for youth to be involved in the painting [late May/early June]

Each selected artist will receive a $4,000 stipend. This fee will include the artist’s labor to facilitate two youth workshops, and to plan and execute the installation. All materials will be paid for by ArtBridge.

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