Downtown Mural Project

Update (May 2017)

The Downtown Santa Ana Mural Program is temporarily on hold. The project will recommence in conjunction with the renovation of the city-owned parking structures, now anticipated to begin in September 2017. Please note: artist selections have not been made. If you submitted a complete application by the deadline, you will still be considered for this opportunity when reviews take place in September 2017.

Call for Artists

Request for Qualifications

Call Summary

The City of Santa Ana is seeking qualified artists to create public murals in the City’s historic downtown.  The City will make available a limited number of parking garage façades for these public murals, in addition to a total project budget of $50,000 which is available to assist with project-related expenses, such as materials, liability insurance, city permits, and artist’s fees.  The maximum grant amount for an individual project is $25,000.  Interested candidates should respond to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) by June 30, 2016,

Eligibility Criteria

This call is open to all qualified artists.  Professional artists, hobbyists, and students may apply; however, to be considered for this project, artists must demonstrate experience completing projects of similar scope. Artists may apply as individuals, or as part of an artist team. City employees, elected officials and Commissioners are not eligible to apply.

Some preference will be given to local artists and those with demonstrated experience in community engagement through public art projects.

Applicants must be over the age of 18.

Artwork Goals

  1. Create a sense of place within the downtown
  2. Contribute to a sense of community within the downtown and the City
  3. Strengthen Santa Ana’s identity as a regional center for the arts  

Selection Criteria

Artist applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence, as evidenced by past work (30%)
  • Demonstrated experience working on projects of similar scope (30%)
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to engaging the community in public art projects (30%)
  • Local Preference (10%)

Submission Requirements

Please do not submit any original artwork. Work will not be returned.

  • Artist Resume (if an artist team, one for each team member)
  • Letter of Interest (no more than 500 words)

This is the artist’s opportunity to introduce themselves (along with any team members) and describe why they are interested in the project, their approach to creating public art, and any past relevant experience.  If there is a specific garage façade you are interested in working on, be sure to include this in the letter of interest.  Please note, however, that there is no guarantee of being awarded a specific location, even if selected, as several applicants may be interested in the same façade. Selected artists will be assigned to a façade after the RFQ process.  

  • Visual Support Materials (5 images)

This is the artist’s opportunity to show the selection panel examples of past relevant work.  Acceptable materials include print or digital versions of work samples.  If you are submitting printed materials, please submit five (5) color copies of your work samples (paper size: 8 ½” x 11”).  Please do not submit originals.  If you are submitting digital materials, please submit a single PDF with a file name such as:  LAST_First Initial_portfolio (e.g. John Smith = SMITH_J_portfolio).

All work samples should be labeled in such a way that reviewers know which artwork is being described in the Annotated Support Materials List.

  • Annotated Support Materials List

This list describes the visual support materials and should include: project description, materials, project budget, location, client or commissioning organization, timeline, and any other relevant project information (e.g. if/how the community was involved in a project). 

  • Letters of Support (optional)

How To Submit

Please submit applications by 5 pm, June 30, 2016 via one of the following methods:

Mail/Hand Delivery:

Victor Negrete
Downtown Development Liaison
City of Santa Ana
Community Development Agency, M-25
20 Civic Center Plaza, 6th Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92701