Are you a local artist? If so, Sprocket Mural Works wants to hear from you.
The Harrisburg-based mural arts group today issued a “call for artists” for the 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival, which takes place this summer.
Artists are invited to apply online at sprocketmuralworks.com/call-for-artists-2021 beginning May 1. The deadline to apply is May 31.
The festival will be Sprocket’s third biennial event. Projects include celebrating Black lives through mural art, reconfiguring the unused Patrick Alley into a mural-lined pocket park, and transforming the Mulberry Street Bridge with murals—pending additional fundraising.
“Additionally, we are excited to announce a special new mural project—with the nonprofit Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg—being added to the summer festival lineup,” said Megan Caruso, Sprocket co-founder.
A fundraising campaign for Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg’s new mural launches in May, which is National Bike Month, on both organizations’ social media platforms and websites, sprocketmuralworks.com and rbhburg.org.
“We adore Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg and their work in the community,” Caruso said. “They are a worthy organization, and we look forward to making their new home on Allison Hill more beautiful with vibrant art. This project is a special one for us—one of Sprocket’s first murals was located at their previous Uptown location.”
The focus is on hometown artists, for the 2021 Harrisburg Mural Festival’s first project launch in May, according to Sprocket.
Harrisburg-based artists will paint 15 large, rectangular planters on Derry and Market streets in the Allison Hill neighborhood as a summer beautification project in partnership with Tri County Community Action.
In the past, Sprocket has painted planters and electrical boxes downtown in cooperation with the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District.
Sponsorships by businesses of all sizes, grant-writing and fundraising campaigns are underway, and donations are welcomed, Sprocket stated. Businesses and corporate donors interested in sponsoring summer murals can contact Sprocket at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival’s budget includes artist stipends and supplies—paint, canvas, paintbrushes, insurance and lifts that allow access to mural locations. Each gallon of durable, highly pigmented mural paint costs $165, according to Sprocket.
For more information, visit sprocketmuralworks.com.
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