Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and East Town Association issue “Call for Walls” for new mural project in East Town neighborhood
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (February 6, 2020) – Have a wall that needs some pizzazz? Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District (BID) #21 and East Town Association are issuing a “Call for Walls” for downtown’s next mural project. The goal is to identify a site or sites in downtown’s East Town neighborhood by the close of Q1 2020. Once the site is selected, a public request for qualifications (RFQ) will be issued for local, national and international artists to submit their ideas for the mural, which is tentatively slated for a summer 2020 installation.
Requirements of the property owner are to provide a public-facing wall with clear site lines, unobstructed from billboards and trees in downtown’s East Town neighborhood, and assist in funding. Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and East Town Association will partner to provide half of the overall project costs.
In recent years, downtown Milwaukee has experienced a noticeable uptick in murals. Recent completions by the Downtown Placemaking Task Force include “Heart & Sol” by Mauricio Ramirez (2019), “Westown in Bloom” by Emma Daisy Gertel (2019), and “Migration” by Katie Batten and Janson Rapisarda (2018).
In addition, an artist for the 2nd Street skywalk mural project is expected to be announced in the upcoming month with the project slated for completion by spring 2020. Since 2017, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 has activated $133,500 in public art mural projects, of which over half of the funding has come from the private sector or grants.
Interested property owners can submit their walls for consideration to Gabriel Yeager, Downtown Environment Specialist with Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Walls will be reviewed by the Downtown Placemaking Task Force, which includes representatives from Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and East Town Association.
“We’re excited to offer this unique opportunity to East Town property owners. Murals have proven to be a unique way to draw customers and attention to businesses, especially as we prepare the city for the Democratic National Convention,” said Emily McElwee, executive director of East Town Association.
For more information on the “Call for Walls” in the East Town neighborhood and other placemaking initiatives, visit www.milwaukeedowntown.com.
About Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21
Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21, is an organization established in 1998 to support the interests of the downtown Milwaukee business community. Created through private sector leadership, Milwaukee Downtown is a management district organization that oversees 150 square blocks representing approximately 500 property owners in the center of downtown Milwaukee. The organization funds specific initiatives aimed at creating a clean, safe and friendly downtown. More info available at www.milwaukeedowntown.com.
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