Burlington City Arts

Juneteenth Mural Applications


Deadline: April 23, 2021 11:59pm

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Burlington City Arts (BCA) and the Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (REIB) are partnering on a call to artists for a public mural project. 
This year, the City of Burlington will hold its first Annual Juneteenth Celebration, an event for all to celebrate Black liberation in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. A day, a week, and in some areas a month – marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing, a time for assessment, self-improvement, and planning for the future. Juneteenth’s growing popularity signifies a level of recognition and dignity in America that is long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. When we are sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

The goal of this project is to complement Burlington’s Juneteenth festivities by commissioning murals that create space for reflection and rejoicing in the history, culture, and resiliency of Black Americans, and that innovatively address the mural format as a tool for community learning. Mural locations for this project include City Hall (alleyway), the Skate Park, 92 North Avenue, and 339 Pine Street, Burlington, VT.

In an effort to increase arts resources within the following communities, BCA strongly encourages applications from those who identify as people of color, as LGBTQ, or with disabilities, and those who are veterans, immigrants or low-income citizens.

Applicants may submit preferences for mural site options; however, the final sites for selected artists will be recommended to city staff by the jury; therefore, it is recommended that proposed concepts be adaptable to any of the potential sites.

Skate Park Pavilion Mural Dimensions (perpendicular wrap format): long wall 6.75’ x 12.5’, 4’x4’, 4’x 8’, 4 x 4’ - 148 SF

149 Church St, City Hall Alley Mural Dimensions: 16’ x 8’ - 128SF

92 North Avenue Dimensions Mural Dimensions: 16’ x 8’ - 128SF

339 Pine St Mural Dimensions: 22’ x 6’ - 132 SF


This project will result in the installation of up to four (4) murals in Burlington to be owned by the City of Burlington. Up to four (4) artists may be selected. The city will provide selected artists with a substrate fabric (polytab) cut to size for the contracted site. The artist will deliver the completed mural on the substrate to the City by the deadline, where it will be installed by the City. With the exception of the substrate and installation materials, the artist will provide all other materials to complete the project. The artist should plan to gesso the substrate, and apply a final protective varnish to protect it from weathering. The City will apply a graffiti coating upon installation. Murals are anticipated to remain on public display for a minimum period of 1 year.


Each mural location will have a budget of up to $5,000 including time and materials,costs related to transportation of the work, any other costs required to complete the scope of work.


March 26: Call to Artists released
April 23, 11:59 PM: Deadline for Proposals
April 30: Selection of artists (estimated)
June 14: Artwork Due for installation
June 19: Juneteenth Festival


Submissions will require: 
a.    Preferred mural site of the available options 
b.    Artist/Team bio(s) and description of past artistic activities
c.    Description of the concept behind the proposed submission 
d.    Budget 
e.    Sketch/rendering of proposed concept (jpg or PDF upload)
To submit, login or create an account at and select Juneteenth Murals category. If access to technology or other barriers for submission arise, please contact or 802-865-5356.


Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a Public Art Review Panel (PARP) comprised of community members, artists and arts professionals representing the area’s multicultural communities and Burlington’s geographic neighborhoods. 


Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a Public Art Review Panel (PARP) comprised of community members, artists and arts professionals who will bring multiple perspectives to the selection process, including from a range of races, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds, ages and abilities. 
Criteria for selection will include:
•    Concept proposed reflects and rejoices in the history, culture and resiliency of Black Americans 30%
•    Artist/artist team exhibits a strong understanding of Juneteenth and its significance in American history 25% 
•    Artist/Artist Team qualifications for incorporating Juneteenth into a lasting image in a public space 25%
•    Clarity and professionalism of submission materials 20%

The Public Art Review Panel reserves the right to reject any proposals that do not meet the goals of the project.


•    Artists 18 years old and over are eligible to submit. Artists under the age of 18 may be included on an artist team with at least one artist who 18 years old or older.
•    Though previous mural experience is not required, applicants are encouraged to include a mural artist and others on a team who infuse non visual arts media into the project, and/or bring knowledge about Black history and experience to the mural content. Mural artists will ideally be comfortable painting on polytab fabric (also called parachute cloth or pellon).
•    Artists must be able to deliver work to Burlington by due date.
•    Concepts will not be eligible that incorporate hate speech, hate symbols or profanity.
•    BCA Board of Advisors and BCA Regular staff members are not eligible to apply.
Selected artists will be required to sign an agreement with the City of Burlington (Attachment A to this Request for Proposals). If selected artist is younger than 18 years of age, a legal parent/guardian will be required to sign the agreement on behalf of the selected artist.

For questions, contact Sara Katz at


Burlington City Arts
135 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401