Beyond the Box: 2021 Call for Artists

City of Glendale

Glendale, CA

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Under this Call for Artists (“CFA”), the Library, Arts & Culture Department (“Library”) of the City of Glendale (“City”)— on behalf of the City’s Arts & Culture Commission (“ACC”)— is accepting proposals from qualified candidates who would like to participate in its’ Beyond the Box – Mural Art Program. 


This project is open to all local and regional artists. The ACC encourages applications from both new and established artists. Glendale applicants may be given preference if all else is equal. Artists may apply as an individual artist or as a group. For group submissions, a signed Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement for each participating artist must be included in addition to the application form and design template. Group submissions may be for a single utility box or multiple utility boxes. No more than three submissions per individual or group.


The Library and the ACC have designed a program to support public art programs and to enhance the community and neighborhoods through the use of murals. The Beyond the Box – Mural Art Program enhances the aesthetics of the city, promotes civic pride, increases pedestrian traffic and extends public art to new areas and unexpected places while creating an attractive environment and allowing art to be introduced to the public in a creative and inventive way. The program goal is to bring beauty to unexpected places such as public infrastructure and utility boxes.

This Call For Artists is for a Beyond The Box – Mural Art Program mural painting event that will take place from October 18 – 24. 2021, with selected utility boxes throughout various locations in Glendale.

The theme of this year’s Beyond the Box – Mural Art Program is "Celebrating Mental Health Awareness." Mental Health has risen to a critical public health issue in the United States which crosses all ages, and cultural and ethnic boundaries. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic, this issue is in the forefront.

The ACC would like to encourage artists and community members to create murals in the City to beautify the streetscape by incorporating the theme as inspiration for proposal submissions. Artists are not required, but highly encouraged to incorporate volunteers into the mural process. Artists may create a template or outline to help volunteers paint the mural, or propose another concept for involving volunteers in the mural process.

Artists will be required to prime paint their specific utility box. Artists may begin prime painting the utility boxes on Monday, October 18, 2021, and must begin painting utility boxes no later than Friday, October 22, 2021. Painting and application of the final protective coating must be completed by Sunday, October 24, 2021.

The ACC will fund $1,000 per utility box, inclusive of all artist’s fees, paints and materials. The ACC anticipates selecting artwork for up to thirty (30) utility boxes. The utility boxes may maintain the integrity of the artwork for a period of 1 year (or when the City deems appropriate to re-paint the utility box).



Beyond the Box Application Opens                                          June 28, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Beyond the Box Application Closes                                          August 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Beyond the Box – Artist Review and Selection Committee         August 24 - 27, 2021

Beyond the Box – Artist Notifications                                       September 17, 2021

Beyond the Box – Paperwork Completion                              September 20 - October 1, 2021

Beyond the Box - Prime Painting of the Utility Boxes                  October 18 - 21, 2021

Beyond the Box – Painting of the Murals                                   October 22 - 24, 2021



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