Open Call for Muralists to Paint ‘First Street Green’

Posted on: April 11th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

First Street Green, Dec. 2015

First Street Green, the long-running open-air gallery along East Houston Street, is inviting artists of all media to submit mural proposals for a springtime art display.

The request for proposals – due by April 23 – includes the following theme:

Picture a time in the not-so-distant future – a “post human” era of apocalyptic proportion. According to geologists, we now live in the Anthropocene, an era marked by disastrous human impact on the atmosphere, plant and animal species and irreversible damage to the Earth’s oceans. What would a “post human” era look like? Would the Earth irredeemably continue as a toxic wasteland or would nature triumph once more over all traces of humanity?

There are a total of seven blank plywood panels up for grabs this round. Chosen artists will receive a materials stipend of $75 to complete the work. Installation begins in mid-May and runs for three months. Send an email here for consideration.

First Street Green was founded in 2008 when neighbors converted the derelict building lot at 33 East 1st Street into an open-air gallery. The space was later incorporated into First Park down the block, beside which its trailer sibling sits. Indeed, Centre-fuge Public Art Project director Jonathan Neville helped the organization kickstart its mural programming (“Influx in Flux”) back in 2013 as part of the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival that year.

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