Back when Shepard Fairey was in town, and we interviewed him, there was some chatter in the comments about the value of bringing in an out-of-towner to create murals in West Dallas when there are artists living in Dallas and the surrounding environs who would be more than happy for the commission. Well, local artists, here’s your opportunity: the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs is looking for a muralist to let loose on the concrete retaining walls at the Jefferson Street Viaduct in Oak Cliff. And here’s the juicy part: the budget is a nifty $50,000.
But hold your horses taggers, street artists, and other local paint-wielding nardowells. Per usual with OCA, which knows how to put the “administration” back in “art,” there are some strings attached. Mural proposals must “celebrate themes that relate to the community of Oak Cliff, taking inspiration from the people, history, landmarks, and overall creative spirit of this vibrant Dallas neighborhood.” Hopefully that won’t translate into Stevie Ray Vaughn’s mug emblazoned on concrete or some smiling children dancing and holding hands on a historic trolley. Okay, okay. I’ll quit the snark. But seriously, let’s get some solid proposals for this wall project. And, while we’re talking street art, let’s take the opportunity to link to Brazil’s street art program, which decriminalized street art and allows artists to do as they please on public walls as long as they have property owners permission.
Here’s the release:
Oak Cliff Mural Project Project
Deadline for Applications: April 20, 2012