Part of the CRA’s mission is to create a high-quality public realm which weaves art and culture into the fabric of everyday life. One way we’re aiming to do that: large-scale public art projects, through our Downtown Clearwater Mural Program.
Calling all artists!
Update: The application period for the second phase of the Downtown Clearwater Mural Program is now closed.
Aug. 3, 2020: The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), in partnership with the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program, is seeking artists to design and paint a series of murals on public and private properties throughout Downtown Clearwater.
Applications are open for artists from Aug. 1 – Sept. 1, 2020. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 18. The stipend for each mural will range from $5,000 – $20,000 depending on the size and complexity of the artwork. Artists are welcome to use Clearwater’s history, signature events and physical environment as inspiration. Murals must be completed by January 31, 2021.
This call to artists is phase two of the Downtown Clearwater Mural Program, a large-scale public art program through the CRA that aims to aims to enliven public spaces and highlight downtown’s emerging arts scene.
The first iteration of the Downtown Clearwater Mural Program asked artists to design and paint a mural that is inspired by the city of Clearwater’s past, present and future. Four murals were created and completed by January 2019 throughout downtown (see those examples below).
See the full call to artists, and submit your application by Sept. 1, 2020. For questions on the program, contact Christopher Hubbard, the city’s cultural affairs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 562-4067.
See how we’re painting the town with augmented reality on the Comunidad mural, part of the CRA’s partnership with USF’s Access 3D Lab!
In June 2018, the CRA issued a call for artists. The ask: Design and paint a mural that is inspired by the city of Clearwater, and have it completed by Jan. 31, 2019.
We received 144 applications for five sites around downtown! Below are the final products. The first large-scale mural project in downtown, this project set the tone of future public art projects. See them for yourself in Downtown Clearwater, and share your photos with us with #muralsofclearwater!
Check out where our murals live, as well as our other public art sites, in this virtual map.
Comunidad is a celebration of cultural diversity, and shows empowered, united women who form a network and community. Uruguayan artists Florencia Duran and Camilo Nunez use sketches of real women to inform their murals and portraits. View the making of the mural HERE
Elysian Days, located at 512 Cleveland St. Inspired by the rainforest and the transformative power of nature, artist Cecilia Lueza softened and enlightened a blank wall with bright colors and shapes found in the natural world. See an interview with Lueza HERE.
One Hundred Years Before J. Cole
One Hundred Years Before J. Cole, located at 620 Drew St. Husband and wife team Michelle Sawyer and Tony Krol were inspired by the history of the region. The Orange Belt Railway, a narrow-gauge railway that cut through citrus groves, was founded in 1885. The safety bicycle (modern bicycle design) was also placed into production that same year. The artists were also inspired by J. Cole’s song “1985,” which is largely about how things evolve and change, but are still rooted in elements of history. Today, the route of the Orange Belt Railway is the Pinellas Trail, and is used mostly by bicycles. The mural showcases a visual juxtaposition of coincidences. View the making of the mural HERE.
Peace Offering, located at 1360 Cleveland St. Peace Offering pays homage to Florida’s rich Native American history. Inspired by the Florida seal, found in the heart of the Florida state flag, Brian McAllister and the Gibbs High School Mural Club depict a woman protecting the land from a storm on the horizon. See the mural painting in action and hear from the muralists HERE.