Demarest Place Walkway Mural Project - Call For Artists

Demarest Place Walkway Mural – Call For Artists

Demarest Place Walkway Mural – Call For Artists

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative, the Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT), and the Hackensack Main Street Alliance are seeking an artist or artist team for the Demarest Place Walkway Mural. Design and paint a mural at 135 Main Street on the corner of Demarest Place in Hackensack, NJ.

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Deadline: 6 Jul 2018

Demarest Place is a unique pedestrian walkway, crossing Main Street, between the Atlantic Street bus stop and the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC). This year, the CAT is focusing on activating the site through the arts via a large-scale Demarest Place Walkway Mural. Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group has granted permission to use the north side wall of its building at 135 Main Street, on the corner of Demarest.

This art application is a recommendation based on the outcomes of the Hackensack Strategy Lab, a joint initiative of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative, held at Demarest Place on October 17, 2017. Fifty members of Hackensack and surrounding communities collaborated to brainstorm ideas of art, physical elements (lighting, seating), and cultural programming to create an enlivened and beautified public walkway that would serve as an attractive gateway to Main Street from the bus terminal and the HACPAC.

Hackensack, NJ is going through a major renaissance and redevelopment. The city believes the arts plays an essential role in bringing positive change that will better all who live, work, and visit there. Demarest Place is a unique pedestrian walkway that the city is working to transform into a public space for the arts. The selected artist has an opportunity to showcase his/her creative vision on the wall of a prominent building that can be seen from Main Street. It will be viewed by hundreds of passers-by from the new Performing Arts Center and bus station.

One artist or artist team will be selected for the Demarest Place Walkway Mural. The selected artist or team will be paid $9,600 in total for the project, including supplies, planning meeting, design, wall preparation, painting, and sealing of the mural.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative has been partnering with the City of Hackensack, the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance, and its Creative Arts Team for three years to integrate arts and culture into the city’s redevelopment plans. Together they have accomplished many creative placemaking projects that are enlivening the city through the arts: The Main Gateway Mural Project, Art on a Stick, Interactive Arts Village, and the Utility Art Box Project. They want to make Hackensack a more vibrant place where the arts and artists flourish and community is made stronger.

The Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT) is a group of artists, merchants, organizational leaders, and public officials working to implement a creative placemaking plan for the City of Hackensack. Creative placemaking is the integration of arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy. The CAT works to identify projects that will move forward the Creative Vision Statement it drafted with the input of various members and sectors of the community.

For more information, contact artsbergen@nnjcf.org.

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