Park Mural Project
The Town of Brookline Parks and Open Space Division is embarking upon a community-centered utility box mural project where the primary designers are teenage residents throughout Brookline. The Town is seeking an artist to guide Brookline teens in developing mural designs and then painting three (3) utility box murals.
A total of three (3) murals will be designed and installed in collaboration with Brookline teenagers. The murals will be inspired by a diverse collection of stories and images centered around Brookline parks (collected by Parks staff) and should reflect the personal connections, culture and community that define each park.
The project will include a design charrette in which the artist will support and assist Brookline teens as they develop design ideas and then work together to determine final designs for the three different utility boxes at (1) Corey Hill Playground and (2) Harry Downes Field Playground. Under the guidance of the selected artist, the teens would then assist the selected artist in painting the utility box murals.
The following is a list of requirements for an artist and a tentative timeline:
• Task 1 - May 2022: Artist-led design charrette held at the Brookline Center for the Arts, preferably a Saturday/Sunday (morning to early afternoon) or a Thursday/Friday (late afternoon or early-evening) for approximately 3-4 hours. All supplies needed will be provided by the Parks and Open Space Division (staff will coordinate with the artist to develop list of supplies). Staff from the Parks and Open Space Division will be present at the design charrette and coordinate with Brookline Arts Center staff.
• Task 2 - Summer 2022: Parks and Open Space Division staff will present the final designs to the Park and Recreation Commission as well as the Brookline Arts Commission for their approvals. Artist to provide artwork for presentation but is not required to attend meetings.
• Task 3 - Late September/early October: Artist-led painting days with the teens of the three utility boxes. Parks and Open Space staff to coordinate with the artist on days and time needed. Assuming one full day for installation or two half days.
The utility boxes are located at Harry Downes Field Playground at 24 Highland Road, the two boxes there are both currently painted black. One is 63”L x 52”H x 40”W and the other is 40”L x 39”H x 24”W, both are located within the playground area. The other utility box is located at Corey Hill Playground at the top of Summit Avenue. The utility box is 40”L x 39”H x 24”W and located on the playground side of the park.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please provide a quote for services to the Parks and Open Space Division for review. Quotes are due by 5pm on Monday January 31, 2022 to Jessie Waisnor at email@example.com and should include examples of outdoor murals (digital examples are acceptable such as Instagram, personal webpage, etc. please provide links), at least two references from previous projects, and a list of any experiences/projects completed in collaboration with others (preferably youth/teens) should also be provided. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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