The Temporary Installation team for “Oasis @ Bartlett” in Roxbury, is seeking muralists to participate in Oasis’ first live mural painting event.  Twelve to eighteen artists will be simultaneously painting on steel containers during the event which will be accompanied by food trucks, local vendors and local music acts and spoken word artists.  Mixed-media installations are also welcome. This initial installation event will set the stage for subsequent events featuring local artists and a variety of arts disciplines.

Potential artists must have previous mural experience.  Preference is for Roxbury residents, although applications from Boston and Boston area muralists are welcome.  Selections will be made to advance art equity including diversity of gender/orientations, nationalities, languages and cultures.

There will be a “Crowdgranting” fundraising campaign to pay for artists’ commissions and supplies, and other event expenses.

The likely dates for the steel container mural installation event are the weekends of October 20-21 or October 27-28.

We are looking for proposals.  Send us .

  • A brief written proposal (150 words is ok)
  • Sketch(es) of your concept for an Oasis@Bartlett mural; you can propose more than one concept
  • Images of past work

Use links to your website/drop box/googledoc  to send any of the above.

Send your proposal to oasisbartlett@gmail.com by September 28, 2018.

Your concept should address one or more of the following themes:

  • From Frederick Douglass to Melnea A Cass to Malcolm X, Roxbury has a deep and rich history of activism.
  • Community healthActivism by local youth shut down the Bartlett Bus Yard, a documented source of pollution that helped cause soaring asthma rates in the area.
  • Anti-displacement – Bartlett Station will be a mixed-income neighborhood with over 60% of the housing affordable. The arts plaza will honor today’s rising movements addressing gentrification.
  • Economic opportunity – Bartlett Station and the new plaza will provide economic growth for community residents through jobs and business opportunities, while also giving local artists and artisans a place to showcase and sell their work.
  • The arts plaza will be honor Roxbury’s cultural diversity, including the rich heritages of the various countries and ethnic groups here.

We are looking for murals that examine Roxbury’s past and look to Roxbury’s future.  We are looking for murals that show the importance of art, activism, culture, and nature to Roxbury’s past, present and future.  But most of all we are looking to capture what it is like to be “local” in Roxbury in 2018.