SALT LAKE CITY’S RDA AND ARTS COUNCIL LAUNCH MURAL GRANT PROGRAM FOR ARTISTS AND GRANARY PROPERTY OWNERS

SALT LAKE CITY – The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) announced today the official kick-off the Granary District Mural Grant Program, its latest public art collaboration with the Salt Lake City Arts Council. By funding local artists to paint large-scale artwork on the exterior of privately owned buildings in the RDA’s Granary District Project Area, the program will contribute to the beautification, diversification and economic vitality of the historic Granary neighborhood that was once known as the City’s heart of manufacturing.

The Granary District Mural Grant Program Call for Artists invites applications for grant funds from artists proposing site-specific artwork highlighting the Granary District’s character and history, visually engaging pedestrians and reflecting the City’s diverse artistic community. Along with a letter of interest and a visual proposal, eligible applications must include a written agreement between the applying artist and property owner of the proposed exterior space for the mural. The proposed property must be within the boundaries of the Granary District Project Area.

To facilitate the pairing of local artists with eligible exterior spaces, the Arts Council invites Granary-area property owners interested in partnering with artists to send the following information to Salt Lake City Public Art Manager Dana Hernandez atdana.hernandez@slcgov.com: owner name, related relevant business name (if applicable), email or phone contact information, the dimensions of the available exterior area and a photo of the space. This information will be posted on the Granary District Mural Grant Program Call for Artists website for artists to utilize. 

The program is funded by $150,000 appropriated by the RDA Board of Directors. Selected artists will be awarded up to $15,000 per mural, depending on mural dimensions. Submissions are due May 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Full application information can be found at http://saltlakepublicart.org/for-artists/calls-for-artists/

“I’m so pleased to see City-initiated efforts such as the Granary District Mural Grant Program have been made possible by my administration’s strategic alignment of our City’s redevelopment, cultural and business divisions,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “The Department of Economic Development’s mission to foster the City’s growth as a livable, vibrant and authentic place has been truly realized in the launch of this program, which will greatly contribute to the Granary District’s identity and future prosperity.”

“This is an incredibly exciting component of the community’s collective revitalization of the Granary District,” said RDA Board of Directors Chair and City Council Member Derek Kitchen. “Alongside the just-completed and upcoming adaptive reuse redevelopment projects in the area, the Granary District Mural Grant Program will create an invaluable connection between the local arts community and the businesses and residents who invest and live in this burgeoning neighborhood.”

The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City works with communities to implement Salt Lake City’s master plans to create vital housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of the City. For more information on RDA projects and programs, go to www.slcrda.com.

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is a community-established arts organization that provides public programming and support for the arts. The organization both produces internal programs and supports other arts activities and groups throughout Salt Lake City. For more information, please visit www.saltlakearts.org.