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Palo Alto Resolution & Public Art Program Mural for Black Lives Matter

Palo Alto Resolution & Public Art Program Mural for Black Lives Matter

In solidarity with the nationwide movement and the Palo Alto City Council resolution in honor of Black Lives Matter, Palo Alto plans to join other cities around the country, to place a mural with the words "Black Lives Matter" on the street area outside of City Hall on Hamilton Avenue within the next week.

On June 15, Council directed the Public Art Commission to explore public art honoring this movement as soon as possible. Last night, the Public Art Commission did just that and approved the temporary street mural. Now Palo Alto city staff will return to Council on June 23 with the motion on the consent calendar to authorize and begin painting the community mural as soon possible. You can read the full Staff Report here.

With this in mind, the Palo Alto Public Art Program today put out a call to Bay Area artists to take part in creating the collaborative mural. Up to 16 artists and art collectives will be awarded a stipend to paint the mural with each artist commissioned to paint an individual letter of the mural in their own style. Black artists and artists of color are encouraged to apply. You must be 18 years old and over. A panel of diverse community volunteers are leading the process and will select the final artists.

Don’t delay as this temporary art project is coming together quickly to capture the timely essence of this movement. The application deadline is Tuesday, June 23 at 9 p.m. Learn more here. As part of your application, please provide a brief statement explaining your interest in creating the mural, and up to 5 examples of previous artwork.

Selected artists will be asked to submit a concept sketch the day after awardees are announced and must be available to work on the mural on June 29-30. Learn more about the project here.

Interested other ways to contribute to supporting this project?We will have a separate call out for volunteers very shortly to any community members interested in participating in the creation of the BLACK LIVES MATTER mural and supporting awarded artists.

Last Updated: June 19, 2020