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The Perth Amboy Mural Project is an initiative led by Mayor Helmin J. Caba, funded by AARP and supported by the Arts Council, which aims to beautify public spaces to revitalize the City’s arts and culture identity for residents and visitors.  Public displays of art improve communities by creating a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.  
That is why the Port Authority endorsed the concept of using the piers of the Outerbridge Crossing as a canvas for an outdoor mural with a theme of diversity and inclusiveness.

Project Description

Perth Amboy is seeking a creative, vibrant, and engaging design proposal for an outdoor mural for two pillars at the foot of the Outerbridge Crossing near Rudyk Park. The pillars have a high level of visibility and pedestrian traffic as they lead into Rudyk Park. To create a more inviting and vibrant area, the City, with the support of the NY/NJ Port Authority and funding from AARP, is commissioning an original mural inspired by "Diversity and Inclusion." 

Project Location: 809 Valley Place (Outerbridge Crossing Pillars) Perth Amboy, NJ. Each pillar is concrete, and the pillar's surface is marked in the photo. Artists are encouraged the visit the site for measurements.

Artists are welcome to submit a proposal on their own or as a group for one or both pillars. The selected artist will be contracted to paint a mural on the exterior concrete pillars. The mural must be original and unique to the site. The mural must be two-dimensional with no protrusions from the wall surface. The mural may be a single overall image or multiple images that create an overall composition. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the site before applying. Proposed designs will be reviewed by a committee (City staff, Arts Council members, and the property owner designee), and the finalist will be submitted to the Perth Amboy Arts Council and Perth Amboy City Council for approval per the mural approval process as outlined in Perth Amboy Mural Ordinance #1741-2014.

Project Timeline & Important Deadlines

Call to Artist    January 3, 2023
Deadline to Submit Proposal    February 10, 2023, by 4:00 p.m.
Proposal Review    February 2023
Artist Selected    February 2023
Submission to Arts Council    September 23, 2022
City Council Approval    March 2023
Proposed Project Start Date    March 2023
Potential Project Completion    April 2023
Mural Unveiling/Mixer    April & May 2023

Selection Process

A Selection Committee will screen all eligible applications. The Selection Committee will consider all approaches to the project, including traditional and street art painted designs. Mural content should not contain political or religious themes. If artists are applying as a Team, the Team should be listed on the application form, specifying a Team leader to receive notifications. One artist or Team will be selected pending Perth Amboy Arts Council and City Council permits approval by resolution—to be approved before starting the project.
Selection criteria will include the following: 
Aesthetic Excellence – the aesthetic quality of the artwork upholds the principles of art and design excellence, originality, and innovation. 
Artist Experience – Experience creating public art of similar scope and scale. 
Relevance/Theme – The design must be appropriate for the site and contextually relevant to the community. The application may include a written description describing the theme's relevance or clarifying thematic references. The design must be clear and legible when enlarged to the final scale dimensions of the site location and translatable to the last media. 
Budget – A clear, line-item budget and a suggested commission appropriate to the scale of the project and commensurate with the artist's experience will strengthen an application. Please include your rate per square footage.
Artist Eligibility 
Artist (s) must be 18 years or older to apply. 
This call is open to all artists who legally reside and are eligible to work in the United States. Proof of residency/work permit documentation may be requested. 
Artists must sign an agreement to participate. Per the agreement with the City of Perth Amboy, after three years, the property owner will be free to replace the mural if so desired. An additional two years may be added if mutually agreed upon by the property owner and the City. 
Selected artists are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in events engaging the public in the project.

How to Apply

All artists must submit application requirements via email to [email protected]. Applications requirements can be found form online using the following link:
Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. Applications should be submitted as a PDF document formatted to letter size paper. 
Application Requirements 
1. The application Cover Sheet must include the project name, artist name, contact information, and submission date. 
2. Letter of Interest – Short narrative expressing your creative approach, relevant comments on the visual material you are proposing, and your interest. It can include an artist’s statement. 
3. Proposed Design Mock-Up - The design must be clear and legible when enlarged to the final scale dimensions of the site location as well as translatable to the final media. 
4. CV of relevant experience as a professional artist, with up to 3 professional references that can be contacted. 
5. Images – Provide up to 3 photos of previous relevant work, with an annotated list detailing the work title, location, and date completed. 
6. Project Maintenance – Detail how the project will be maintained, i.e., touch-ups, protective coat, etc. 
7. Budget – A line item proposed budget including supplies, materials cost, and commission rate per pillar ($/sq. ft). Proposals with competitive and realistic budgets will be given priority.

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