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Belle Sherman Annex Mural Announcement - Call for Artists

The Belle Sherman Elementary School 5th grade class is seeking a muralist to create a work of art on the Annex wall. After reflecting on their core values and drawing inspiration from the study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students would like the mural to convey the importance of a peaceful, safe community, where everyone feels supported and has the freedom to play, relax, and express themselves. Additionally, students would like to emphasize the importance of nature, not only as the backdrop to their everyday life in Ithaca but also as an integral part of a socially just world. Successful applicants are comfortable working with 5th and 7th grade volunteers to complete the project.

  • April 16: Proposals due
  • April 30: Artist announced
  • May-June 30: Mural painted

Artist award: $5,000 including materials

Location: 1,135 square foot Annex retaining wall facing the small parking lot at 75 Cornell Street, Ithaca NY. This building houses the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms.

Your proposal email in 3 simple parts:
  • Image/sketch of the mural you'd like to paint
  • 3-5 examples of artistic/painting experience
  • Written statement: 
    • Name, contact, and brief artist statement
    • Short mural description
    • Experience working with youth
    • Specific materials list
Email proposals to:
Individuals and groups are invited to apply.

Questions: Contact Paulina Pavinski Bitar at or 603-520-5707 (text-friendly)

BIPOC artists and people from traditionally marginalized identity groups are encouraged to apply.

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