Joe Louis Greenway Mural Project- Detroit, MI

  • Commissioning Entity

    City of Detroit

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Detroit, Michigan, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    City Walls Detroit

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    The City of Detroit has a vision for neighbors to feel connected to each other, to foster a sense of belonging, and have a collective say for what happens in their neighborhoods. Residents will have the opportunity to share their perspectives and bring their expertise to inform the artwork that will be created in their space, and that will provide inspiration to envision a positive future for themselves, their children, and the built environment. The commission is being managed by City Walls Detroit in conjunction with Spacelab Detroit & The General Services Department for the Joe Louis Greenway.


    The Project

    Project Location Scope

    City Walls Detroit has worked with The JLG Landscaping Design Unit to identify the 6 walls within the larger context of the corridor.

    Project Schedule

    • May 29, 2023: CTA Released
    • June 15, 2023: Deadline for Questions
    • June 30, 2023, 2022: CTA Closes
    • Early/Mid July 2023: Selection Panel Meeting(s)
    • Late July 2023: Artist Announced
    • Late July 2023: Artist Start Work

    Artist Scope of Work

    Artist/Artist Team Responsibilities:

    • The selected artist/artist team will be required to work in collaboration with City of Detroit. Artist/artist teams should be prepared to share their personal practice with the community as this in inherently a group project.
    • Artist/artist teams are responsible for:
    • Conducting research to better understand the site, the project, the community’s history and current culture, along with any other elements deemed helpful to their creative process
    • Develop concepts and renderings for the project site
    • Present concepts and refinements
    • Create a final approved concept and design
    • Fulfill the responsibilities within the contracted budget and timeline
    • Participate in an unveiling

    City Walls Detroit responsibilities:

    • Coordinate reviews and permissions regarding artist selection and concept development
    • Coordinate marketing, documentation, and public engagement
    • Assist in the coordinating applicable permits and right of entry for install


    The overall budget:
    $10,000 to $20,000 per mural depending on square footage

    This budget is all-inclusive, including but not limited to artist’s fees, artist’s assistant costs, artist’s studio costs, materials and supplies, installation, specify consultants, and community engagement participation.

    Artist Selection Process

    We are seeking artists or artist teams who can make a commitment to working in Detroit as necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this project. Any artist or artist team is encouraged to apply.


    The preceding text is an excerpt from the commission document for this opportunity. Please see the commission document for full project information and application instructions.