WEST PALM BEACH DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY SEEKS ARTISTS TO CREATE NEW MURAL AND UTILITY BOX DESIGNS

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (September 16, 2020) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) with the support from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District have issued a Request for Proposal for Palm Beach County artists to amplify and enhance the mural and public art experience in Downtown West Palm Beach.  The ”canvases” consist of twelve utility boxes throughout the downtown district, and a mural on the west-facing wall between Rivales Taqueria and Duffy’s on Olive Avenue.

The theme for both projects center around innate and organic joys of living. The artwork for the utility boxes is to be themed around “Nature in the City” and the mural’s title is “Love Comes Naturally,” to create a theme of community unity. Both RFPs open on Monday, September 21 to artists who reside in Palm Beach County. 

“We chose these themes to celebrate two aspects of what make Downtown West Palm Beach a dynamic place to live, work or visit: our inherent access to beautiful landscapes and our strong sense of community,” said Teneka James-Feaman, Associate Executive Director of the DDA. “We are excited to see what our talented local artists submit, and then add the winners’ work to our Downtown experience.” 

The utility boxes will be designed as an “open medium, two-dimensional artwork” that will be digitalized and wrapped around the boxes. Artist and artist teams can submit up to three designs for the utility boxes request for proposals. The DDA wants to showcase through art that nature is the best medicine. 

Artists interested in responding to the request for proposal for a new mural on the Olive Avenue wall will interpret “Love Comes Naturally” in their own way, while “reflecting on love, diversity, togetherness, and community.” A jury will select three semi-finalists to be presented on DowntownWPB social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for the community to choose the winning artist through popular vote. 

“Since the mural is about community unity, we thought the public should select the winning concept,” said Sherryl Muriente, Manager of Urban Placemaking for the DDA. “We are also asking artists to be creative and think of an out of the box way to engage the community in a contact-free format as part of their plans.” 

            The DDA is accepting submissions for both projects through Monday, October 19. More details on how to submit to each RFP can be found on the DDA’s website at https://DowntownWPB.com/RFP.

About the Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.

About Arts & Entertainment District

The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression. For more information about the A&E District, please visit DowntownWPBArts.com.