Paint the City

Through Hartford Decide$ Year 1 participatory budgeting process, Hartford residents 13 years and older voted to use municipal Capital Improvement Funds for a project called “Paint the City” that will install one mural in each of Hartford’s 14 residential neighborhoods defined by the Neighborhood Revitalization Zones.

The City of Hartford and Hartford Decide$ are partnering with the Paint the City Implementation Team chaired by Jason Farquharson, an artist, resident, and Hartford native. Jason says of the project, “I want to change the way people think about Hartford by changing the way they see Hartford."

“Paint the City” is calling artists and artist groups of any genre to participate in of one of the largest mural projects in the history of the city. Artists must be experience in designing and painting murals. Preference will be given–but not limited to–artists that reside or have a studio or place of business in the City of Hartford. Murals must be designed and implemented by the chosen artist or group and include neighborhood residents in the painting of the mural. Artists will receive a stipend to produce the mural, and to cover costs and materials.

Mural Requirements

The City of Hartford has set aside Capital Improvement Funds to create Hartford Paint the City. Mural locations (usually publicly owned buildings) are being identified with input from Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs) and other residents.
  • Murals will be designed by the artists selected through the process outlined below.
  • Artists must involve neighborhood residents in the painting of the murals with NRZ assistance.
  • Artists will receive a stipend for each mural that must cover all costs of time and materials.
  • Artists may be selected to create up to three murals.
  • Mural completion will be required in 2017, final dates TBD.
  • Upon completion, the mural must be varnished.

Artist Selection Process

The Artist Selection is a two-round process. During Round 1, artists will indicate their interest in being considered by following the procedures below. The Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs will select a pool of artists who will be invited to submit, in Round 2, mural proposals for specific locations.


  • Artists or groups of artists may work in any genre.
  • Artists must have experience in designing and painting murals.
  • Preference will be given – but not limited to – artists that reside in the City of Hartford or artist groups with a place of business in the city of Hartford.

Round One Submission
Each artist must submit the following information by
Friday, July 28, 2017 (see "Submission" for details):
  • Artist’s name, email address, phone number, and residence or business address
  • CV or narrative describing the artist’s body of work, years as an artist, and other qualifications
  • At least five (5) sample images depicting the artist’s body of work

Round Two Submission (Mural Proposals)

The Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs will select the artists who will be invited to submit in Round 2. Specific locations will be provided as well as a stipend to submit the following:
  • Up to four 11 x 17 images (JPGs or PDFs) for each mural design / Up to 3 NRZs considered for each artist
  • Mural description for each submission explaining the design and impact it will have on the community
  • A detailed budget including cost of materials and a timeline of completion and varnish coating
  • Desired mural location, neighborhood and dimensions of the work (final locations are chosen by the city)

Preliminary Selection
Artists will be notified, by August 2, 2017 of their selection to submit mural proposals.

Please submit your documents electronically to
hart.paint.city@gmail.com Subject line should read: "Hartford Paint the City 2017 (artist name or group)". ​Phone calls can be directed to 203-516-0677.

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