The City of Fort Bragg is co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for three California artists or artist teams to create stunning murals on buildings in our fair city. Partnering with the Community Foundation of Mendocino County’s A.D. Abramson Endowment Fund for the Visual Arts, California artists in two categories are encouraged to apply.
Design of the three murals will be determined by the artist or artist teams selected. Ideas for the murals can be anything from capturing our amazing region with its redwood forests, Pacific Ocean views, headlands, cliffs and trails, our abundant flora and fauna, or murals may portray something about our unique history, architecture, or cultural events. A completely contemporary design will also be considered.
Two local artists (or artist teams) who reside between Gualala and Westport will be selected, as well as another artist or team from anywhere in California. The goal of the competition is to enliven Fort Bragg with engaging public art, and to provide a showcase for the artist and sponsoring businesses. Entries will be judged 50% on concept and image, 20% on artistic excellence and 30% on the mural experience for the public. Artists may submit one or multiple designs for the murals.
The City of Fort Bragg will acquire all insurance and encroachment permits for each mural project, as well as providing scaffolding or a scissor lift. Selected muralist or muralist team will receive $2000 awarded to plan and fully execute the mural (paint and clear coat), along with a stipend of up to $500 for paint.
A $500 Award for the winner of the competition (as determined by a professional local artist)
A $500 Award for the Public Choice Award.
Applications will be accepted through August 13. Winners will be notified August 28, and painting of the murals will take place from September 15 through sunset October 1. Details about the application process and a link to the application are available right here.
Community Foundation Awards in Fort Bragg
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County has awarded more than $100,000 in grants this year, including several right here in Fort Bragg through the Community Endowment Fund. Focus areas in this year’s grants include programs that will provide healthy food, access for outdoor recreation, beautify community spaces, preserve local history, and enhance opportunities to improve people’s lives.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens – $5,000
For the purpose of expanding, repairing, and rebuilding five bridges within the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to create a more usable and visitor-friendly atmosphere
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center – $4,800
For the purpose of purchasing coffee and tea equipment for the new Old Coast Cafe Vocational Training Program
Redwood Coast Seniors, Inc. – $3,000
For the purpose of expanding the Senior Kitchen Garden by adding a greenhouse and gate in order to increase the amount of food produced for senior meals
Safe Passage Family Resource Center. – $3,000
For the purpose of developing a new website for Safe Passage and to enhance its Facebook presence in order to improve communication about Safe Passage to interested persons, and provide more information to families who need resources
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