Open Call: G7 Mural Project “Improve, Don’t Move! Keep the 48205 Alive!”- 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

    Deadline to apply: June 19, 2023

    City Walls Detroit is seeking artists (or collaborative teams) to install new murals in the Gratiot/7 Mile Neighborhood Framework Plan area on the city’s eastside.

    The guiding principle of the City Walls program is for the artwork created to represent the values and identity of the community where it is showcased. As such, this project seeks to promote the vibrancy and civic pride of Gratiot/7 Mile communities and deepen connections with residents in the process.

    The City of Detroit has a vision for neighbors to feel connected to each other, take shared responsibility for their neighborhoods, feel empowered to make a change in their environment, and envision a positive future for themselves, their children, and the built environment in which they live.

    The community will be fully engaged in describing which aspects of their collective identity will be showcased through the murals. This will foster organic representation of the area and increase pride of place, while simultaneously establishing a brand identity to be furthered by future public and private investments.

    The mural commissions are being managed by City Walls Detroit in partnership with the Planning & Development Department, Department of Neighborhoods, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Invest Detroit, and Fifth Third Bank.

    Goals of the G7 Mural Project:

    • Artwork contains elements of empowerment, resilience, and self-determination
    • Residents feel connected to the artwork that is created
    • Artwork reflects the cultural heritage of the community
    • Creates vibrant public spaces
    • Gives visibility to the corridor as a viable commercial destination
    • Elevates the aesthetic value of vacant, publicly owned commercial buildings
    • Encourages art-centric tourism
    • Celebrates the spirit of the neighborhoods surrounding the Gratiot Avenue corridor
    • Provides opportunities for young people to grow professionally and thrive personally
    • Supports Detroit artists in their careers

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