Local artists are being asked to step forward to create neighborhood-based painted murals throughout Rochester.

“The purpose of this program is to provide projects for artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while cultivating joy and positivity throughout the city,” said Rene Halasy, executive director with RNeighbors, which is working with the city on the new program.

The partnership is providing an opportunity for local artists to create the murals for payment. Interested artists are asked to complete an application by Sept. 10.

“Organizers acknowledge that we’re giving artists a short timeframe to complete this application and work,” Halasy said. “The program and funding guidelines unfortunately didn’t allow for any additional time. We thank our local artist community for their understanding.”

Applications are available at www.rneighbors.org/cares-artist-mural-grant-application.

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Grant amounts will be provided based on the square footage of the mural, with compensation ranging from $1,500 to $4,000, with additional funds provided for supplies. Costs will be covered by the federal funding received by the city through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Mural locations should occur in places easily seen by the public throughout neighborhoods and may be in public spaces, at schools, and at businesses.

Using any private properties will require the owner’s written approval prior to grant approval.

“The creative community is an important part of our local economy and one that has also been impacted during this difficult time,” said Cindy Steinhauser, director of the Community Development Department. "This program is about helping provide employment opportunities for local artists. We encourage local artist to think about the topics of health, equity, community, collaboration, joy and to translate these topics into murals to brighten up our community spaces.”

To assist artists, “Tips on How to Write a Successful Grant Application” virtual workshop will be provided from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. today, Aug, 26. Artist Mary Beth Magyar will lead the Zoom virtual workshop. There is no cost to participate.