City of Sweet Home Is Calling All Artists

Kristy Tallman

The City of Sweet Home and the Arts Committee is now accepting proposals for potential murals along Main Street and Long Street. The exact locations have yet to be determined, however they hope to do twelve murals in total.

They are looking for artists who may be interested in painting the murals and asking them to submit proposals by February 15, 2024.

The application deadline has been extended beyond their original January 31 due date due to the number of applicants the city has received so far.

“We would love to have Sweet Home artists apply. We’re open to everyone from anywhere, locally or nationally, but naturally we would love to have artists from Sweet Home doing these too,” said Kelcey Young, City Manager.

According to Young, this is phase two of the downtown painting project, “Let’s Paint the Town,” which kicked off in July 2023, as a collaborative endeavor between Miller Paint, Fitzpatrick Painting and Construction, and the City of Sweet Home. This portion of the project sought to brighten up the town’s historic downtown, revitalizing over 45 retail shops, offices, and restaurants with vibrant Northwest-inspired colors.

The City estimates this project will occur from June through October of 2024, but the schedule may vary depending on the weather and types of murals. Artists will receive a stipend for their work.

When asked what would become of Sweet Home’s 0police officer mural, Young assured everyone, “None of the existing murals will be painted over.”

The Arts Committee will be judging the proposals to determine which artists are chosen and determining which buildings will house the new murals. Young says they are still accepting applications from businesses who would like to host one of the murals; “They would be responsible for the upkeep of the project,” Young added.

Proposals are due February 15, 2024 by 3:30 PM. Questions can be asked directly on the solicitation page, or emailed to [email protected]. Those interested can also visit the city’s procurement portal to find the details of the Request for Proposals (RFP) .