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Tyler Street Call for Art

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Jen Glockner

Tel: (413) 499-9348

Director, Office of Cultural Development

City of Pittsfield

28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

Reflections of Tyler Street Call for Artists

PITTSFIELD, MA – The City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development in collaboration with the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI), announces a call for artist submissions for public art on Tyler Street.  Tyler Street has been undergoing a year-long planning process in which community input from investors, residents, property owners, and businesses has resulted in a plan to make incremental street improvements on Tyler. At the heart of this plan is a revival of public art on the street. “We are really excited to bring together various parts of the community in visually branding the street,” stated Pittsfield TDI Fellow Amewusika (Sika) Sedzro.  “We see this as an opportunity to collectively create new forms of art and expression for the street.”

This call is for a mural that is reflective in all senses.  The design should fit on a 12ft x 15 ft surface of concrete or brick.  There are several buildings under consideration. This includes the two abutters to the Tyler Street Hess Station (pictured below).

Cultural Development and TDI are looking for ideas that are original and innovative while reflecting the diversity found in Morningside.  Jen Glockner, director of the city’s Office of Cultural Development, says, “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Transitive Development Initiative to bring more public art to the Morningisde neighborhood while also giving the talented artists in the community a chance to show off their work.”

This call for submissions is open to all artists. Please register by emailing your name, email, phone number.  Interested parties should include a detailed color sketch, an artist statement, and example(s) of prior work.  Please submit all materials to: cultural@pittsfieldch.com by Friday, April 21 at 3PM.

There will be a stipend of up to $850, including supplies, to the award winning design.

Please contact Jen Glockner, Director of Cultural Development at jglockner@pittsfieldch.com or Sika Sedzro, TDI Fellow at asedzro@massdevelopment.com for more information.

To learn more about what’s happening on Tyler Street please visit: http://courbanize.com/projects/pittsfield-tdi.

The City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development serves as the City’s first point of contact for artists, cultural organizations, event organizers and creative businesses in Pittsfield.  It supports, promotes and initiates cultural activity in Pittsfield to benefit the citizens, the quality of life and the local economy. The Office is located in the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.  Call 413-499-9348 or go to http://discoverpittsfield.com for more information.

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