Artist Proposal Application
Downtown Ferndale is launching an annual program to fund the creation of murals on public or private property. Each year will have a theme, and a committee will make selections to curate a diverse set of styles and artists. Murals can be a way to add character and personality to an urban environment, making it more interesting and unique. They can celebrate history, express the values of a community, and just make spaces more inviting to hang out in!
Deadline for Submissions: March 13 at midnight
Some program details are included below, but we encourage interested artists and property owners to visit our program website for more details:
In 2023, the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is launching the Downtown Ferndale Mural Program with the theme “You Belong Here.” This program comes with an opportunity for artists and businesses to collaborate with Downtown Ferndale and the Ferndale Arts & Cultural Commission to continue the celebration of creative energy within the community. Be a part of the legacy that continues to distinguish Ferndale.
Art Selection Criteria
Factors to be considered by the Downtown Ferndale Mural Program Advisory Committee when making
selections for artwork shall include, but not be limited to the following: (final authorization will be made
by the DDA Executive Director)
• Artistic Quality: The artist(s) proposal includes a concept, vision and examples of
craftsmanship represented in existing artwork. Exploratory types of work as well as established art
forms shall be encouraged.
• Location: The mural concept and site are appropriate in scale, materials, form, and content for
the immediate, general, social, and physical environments with which they are to relate.
• Diversity: The advisory committee shall seek concepts from artists of diverse racial, gender, and
cultural identities. The program also shall strive for diversity to style, scale, media, and numbers of
• Feasibility: Proposals shall be evaluated relative to their feasibility and convincing evidence of
the artist’s ability to successfully complete the concept as proposed. Factors to be considered
include, but are not limited to, project, timeline, artist’s experience, and represent qualifications
associated to the theme.
• Duplication: Artists are required to warrant that artwork is their own original, unique design
and an edition of one or part of a limited edition, and to warrant artwork is not infringing on
copyrighted materials. Logos, advertisements, or any kind of commercial signage will not be
• Permanence: Uses high quality materials that will last a minimum of five years, and are resistant
to weather and ultraviolet deterioration
Is this person the same as the artist?
Artist Primary Residence:
In this section, let us know a little bit about the artist and their experiences in creating artistic experiences. If this is a collaborative submission, the lead artist should complete this section and list names of all collaborators.
Upload Artist Biography
Is this a collaborative submission?
Check All That Apply to the Artist(s) that apply to all artists. IF this is a collaborative submission, please include all that apply within the collaborative.
Artist Gender Identity, Select All the Apply. IF this is a collaborative submission, please include all that apply within the collaborative. (This information is not required. Information provided will be used to ensure that a wide variety of artists are selected with the goal of amplifying a diverse range of creative voices.)
Artist Sexual Orientation Identity, Select All the Apply. IF this is a collaborative submission, please include all that apply within the collaborative. (This information is not required. Information provided will be used to ensure that a wide variety of artists are selected with the goal of amplifying a diverse range of creative voices.)
Artist Racial Demographics, Select All the Apply. IF this is a collaborative submission, please include all that apply within the collaborative. (This information is not required. Information provided will be used to ensure that a wide variety of artists are selected with the goal of amplifying a diverse range of creative voices. Detail on each category can be found HERE.)
Select All the Apply.
Scope of Work:
In this section, please provide an artist statement pertaining to the concept submitted. Including a description of the artwork, materials used, overall time required to complete project, an explanation of maintenance requirements and the size parameters for concept submitted.
Artist Statement Upload
In the event of graffiti or damage, are you willing to repair the mural?
How much time is needed to complete the work of art?
Letter of Interest:
In this section, please provide details of how the proposed work fits within the Downtown Ferndale’s “You Belong Here!” theme and supports the mission of cultural diversity and equality. Include a description of the submitted concept that gives deeper insight into the artist’s work through their perspective, and themes addressed.
Letter of interest upload
In this section, the images/rendering(s) of the proposed mural concept are uploaded.
By checking this box, you are confirming that the concept submitted was created by the artist named in this application and is not a replica or copy.
Does this concept have any notable significance to the community or milestone events from the community’s past?
Is this the first time this concept has been submitted for a mural in Ferndale, MI or another surrounding Community?
Please upload a maximum of three (3) images of the proposed mural concept. Images may be sketches or digitally created. Please indicate the desired scale or dimensions with any known limitations, and the minimum size that would be preferred for the proposed concept.
Examples of Mural Experience:
In this section, provide examples of past work, including up to three digital images and or links to examples of relevant work. Please include the title, date, dimensions, and location of the work installed outdoors. (This information is not required.)
Is this example still available to see in person?
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this submission with us, please contact Sommer Realy at 248-546-1632 or by email at email@example.com.