LARGO — Creative Pinellas recently announced the launch of a new mural opportunity for Pinellas County artists, designed to expand the vibrancy, excitement and community pride of mural arts into new areas throughout the entire County.
The first mural scheduled to be painted as part of this program is the underpass located at the intersection of Tampa Road and McMullen Booth Road, which is also the future home of the newest extension of the Pinellas Trail.
This extension will close the existing gap between John Chestnut Sr. Park and the Duke Energy Trailhead.
In partnership with the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Creative Pinellas is reaching out to mural artists/teams to design and paint a mural for this appealing and important location.
As an organization we have been very interested in finding ways to engage with and provide support for mural artists in our county, as they are a very important force in our arts community,” said Barbara St. Clair, executive director of Creative Pinellas. “So, when the county came to us and asked if we could help find mural artists to paint on county walls — well of course we raised our hand and said ‘Yes.’ It got even better when they said the first wall they wanted to recruit a mural artist for was the new extension of the Pinellas Trail. What a wonderful opportunity for an artist to create a mural at this amazing location.”
Interested mural artists can apply online to be considered for this commission through May 21. Artists will be asked to submit a portfolio of work as well as well as a curriculum vitae, and demonstrate a history of success in creating murals at other locations.
Once chosen, the mural artist will be asked to submit specific ideas for the location. Budget for this specific project is $22,000-$25,000 all in. The mural artist will be chosen for this project by a panel of artists, curators and arts administrators throughout the county and will be notified on or around June 1.
This opportunity is open to artists or artist teams residing in Pinellas with professional experience in public art mural work. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be willing to adhere to all contractual obligations and adhere to the project guidelines and timeline. Artists can apply at www.creativepinellas.org/muralarts
“The mural program reimagines the way we think about our infrastructure,” said Ken Jacobs, Pinellas County Transportation Division Director. “Public art has been shown to decrease graffiti, beautifies the community and supports the county as an arts destination. We are working with Creative Pinellas on this project with the goal to transform a public space into a fun and lively public work of art that creates a unique sense of place. Our hope is that this project — which is an extension to the Pinellas Trail in the area of Boot Ranch — will create excitement and interest for the community, and appeal to the community at large with the intention of increased public awareness of art, its value and contribution.”
The mural is meant to have walk-by/bike-by and photographic appeal. Artists (or artist teams) are encouraged to go beyond the simple representation of an object or event and to use their unique style of communication and expression to create an exciting, welcoming and inspirational space.