The Salt Lake City Arts Council is inviting professional artists to contribute to the enhancement of one of the city’s oldest and most industrial neighborhoods. Dana Hernandez, Public Art Program Manager of the SLC Arts Council, and Amanda Holty, Communications and Outreach Manager with Redevelopment Agency of SLC, joined Emily Clark, to talk about what’s next for the Granary District.
The Granary District is directly south of Downtown. It stretches from roughly 300 to 600 West and 600 to 1000 South. The area was historically utilized as a manufacturing and railroad corridor serving Salt Lake City, but it’s currently an area that is starting to serve a different function.
Many of the formerly vacant warehouses and buildings are now housing local businesses. The Arts Council is starting the Mural Grant Program here, because of the creative and versatile nature of the area. There are many pockets of creativity throughout the neighborhood: Kilby Court is a unique concert venue, and graphic design company Atmosphere Studios recently rehabbed a former warehouse into its local headquarters.
More practically speaking, many of the industrial buildings in the area have expansive cinder block or cement walls that they say are screaming out to be used as canvases.
The Redevelopment Agency has dedicated $150,000 to this Program as part of its ongoing commitment to the revitalization of the Granary District.
The Program’s funds will commission murals that will:
- Highlight the area’s character and history;
- Visually engage people passing by; and
- Reflect the City’s diverse artistic community.
They are asking artists to partner with property owners of buildings located within the Redevelopment Agency’s designated Granary District Project Area, to submit a proposed mural design for the building’s exterior. Selected artists will be awarded up to $15,000 per mural, depending on mural dimensions. They are paying $30/square-foot up to $15,000, which translates to a 500 square-foot mural. Smaller murals will also be considered.
Submissions are due May 17, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Full application information can be found at SaltLakePublicArt.org.