The Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs serves as the catalyst for participation, education, collaboration, and development to encourage and support excellence in the arts within the City of Newark. This division oversees the city's arts initiatives, supports community engagement in arts and cultural programming, provides organizational support to existing and evolving art institutions, oversees a world-class public art program, and encourages collaborative partnerships and investment in the city's artists and arts and cultural organizations. It supports the creation of a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and creative economy in Newark that enlivens our neighborhoods and ignites the imaginations of our children.


OVERVIEW

The City of Newark Office of Homeless Services, in collaboration with the City of Newark Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, has issued a request for conceptual mural proposals for a forthcoming drop-in center spearheaded by Mayor Ras. J. Baraka. Named in honor of the late Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, the center will be located at the corner of Raymond Blvd. and Mulberry St. in Downtown Newark, NJ, and provide vital short-term care, immediate social services, and communal areas for reading, meal service, and laundry facilities. 

The drop-in center's plans include a mural that will visually represent our commitment to supporting our houseless community and creating spaces where everyone feels valued and accepted. We encourage artists to draw inspiration from the resilience and strength of those experiencing homelessness, highlighting their stories and celebrating their humanity.

The request for conceptual mural proposals will be live until Sunday, June 16, at midnight. Interested applicants can submit their applications via Submittable. Download the full brief here


 

LOCATION/FOOTPRINT OF ACTIVATION

Exterior Location at 1136 Raymond Blvd. Newark, NJ 07102 (Corner of Raymond Blvd. and Mulberry St.) 


 

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY
New Jersey-based artist(s) and artist collectives are welcome to apply. To be eligible to submit a proposal, applicants must be 18 or over and currently living or working in this region. Applicants must show evidence of currently living or working in New Jersey, which may be accomplished by submitting (i) an active home or studio lease, (ii) a current utility bill, or (iii) a current letter of employment.


 

APPLICATION
 Painted or Mounted Mural


 

TIMELINE 

  • Request for Proposals: May 13, 2024 - June 16, 2024 at Midnight
  • Deadline for Submissions: June 16, 2024 at Midnight
  • Contracting and Rendering Advancements: Fall of 2024
  • Mural Creation Window: Spring/Summer 2025 


 

COMPENSATION

Starts at $12,000
  To be determined by the final scope of work

*Mural materials and needs will be provided from a separate budget.


 

AESTHETIC/CONCEPTUAL DIRECTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION: 

Keywords: Resilience, Dignity, Empowerment, Opportunity, Equality, Community, Voice, Support, Hope, Compassion, Inclusion, Strength.

Engagement: Proposed workshops with the Drop-in center’s community that could result in aesthetic elements, imagery, portraiture, testimonials, audio, etc. 

Colors and Form: When selecting colors and shapes, aim to create an entryway that is easy to access, recognizing that many individuals are on a healing journey after experiencing trauma.

Typography: Type and Phrases that amplify advocates and organizations work tirelessly to address the complex issues surrounding homelessness, raise awareness, and advocate for policies and resources that support the homeless community in Newark, NJ, and across the state of New Jersey.

Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver: The drop-in center will be created in honor of the late Lt. Governor Oliver's life and work and how she spearheaded efforts to provide safe shelter, essential resources, and pathways to stability for the most vulnerable members of society. She was a true champion for human dignity, ensuring that every person, regardless of their circumstances, had access to the support and resources necessary to rebuild their lives with dignity and purpose. Her legacy continues to inspire future generations to strive for a more inclusive and compassionate society where no one is left behind.


 


ABOUT THE CITY OF NEWARK’S OFFICE OF HOMELESS SERVICES:  Released in 2022, The Path Home: Collaborating Across Our Community is our plan to end chronic homelessness in the City of Newark. This comprehensive data-driven plan was developed by more than 100 partners and aims to end chronic homelessness in Newark over the next three years. It seeks to establish a cooperative structure to address the multiple needs of residents without addresses, such as temporary and permanent housing, employment, medical and behavioral health care, and support services To view the plan, click here.

In 2023, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced radical results one year after launching the City of Newark’s nationally-acclaimed strategic plan to end chronic homelessness. The three-year plan achieved global recognition as an effective way to combat surging homelessness around the world, and serves as a model for municipal administrators throughout the country. To view the implementation update, click here


 

ABOUT THE DIVISION OF ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS: The Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs serves as the catalyst for participation, education, collaboration, and development to encourage and support excellence in the arts within the City of Newark. This division oversees the city's arts initiatives, supports community engagement in arts and cultural programming, provides organizational support to existing and evolving art institutions, oversees a world-class public art program, and encourages collaborative partnerships and investment in the city's artists and arts and cultural organizations. It supports the creation of a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and creative economy in Newark that enlivens our neighborhoods and ignites the imaginations of our children.

City of Newark, Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs