Douglass Mural Project

Manhattan Parks & Recreation seeks a professional artist(s) to create a mural in the new Douglass Activity Center (DAC), located at 925 Yuma Street, in Manhattan, Kansas. The facility is currently under construction with an anticipated opening in February 2021. 

This mural project represents a unique opportunity for the selected artist to create a piece of public art representing the Black community in Manhattan. The mural’s theme should speak to the cultural and historical legacy of the area while celebrating and honoring the strength and resilience of the Black community. The mural should celebrate social justice, the creative cultural landscape, and changing attitudes toward racial equality. This mural will be the pinnacle of the DAC and will instill a sense of pride for the City’s diverse demographic.

The canvas area is approximately 14-feet wide by 11.5-feet high, located on the second floor of the facility, and will be a focal point for DAC visitors. Submitting artists should be comfortable and experienced working with installations of this size and with the method of painting directly on the building’s interior façade. 

Mural installation will begin in April 2021 and must be completed no later than June 12, 2021, for unveiling at the Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2021.

Learn more about the project and read the Request for Proposal HERE.

Online proposals are due no later than Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM CST. Submit your proposal online HERE.

Request for Proposals will also be received in-person or delivered in a sealed envelope, no later than Monday, March 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM CST to: City of Manhattan Parks & Recreation Department, Attn: Theresa Mueller, 1101 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan, KS 66502, and must be clearly named/labeled “City of Manhattan Parks & Recreation – Douglass Center Art Mural Proposal.”

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