Street Art Society of NEPA issues call for artists to create virtual mural with unifying theme
From a press release:
It is no secret that the communities of Northeastern Pennsylvania are feeling the social, economic, and health effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Keeping the integrity of social distancing intact but also attempting to unify people, the Street Art Society of NEPA would like to engage the local community in its Social Kinetic Mural Project, asking for submissions in a digital multimedia format that will be displayed virtually.
Under the theme of “The Wyoming Valley: Joining Together in the Face of Adversity,” each selected artwork will be woven together into a unified “mural” that moves and shifts, a metaphor for the community’s ability to come together and adapt in difficult times. Artwork can be submitted now at streetartsocietynepa.org.
“It is during these challenging times that we especially feel a need for the uplifting and healing power of art in the community. Social distancing, although essential for the physical well-being of our loved ones, can also leave us feeling depleted of our normal support systems,” the organization said on its website.
In 2018, a small group of women artists and community activists got together with an interest in completing mural projects in Luzerne County. The Street Art Society of NEPA is a grassroots nonprofit corporation that formed as a result. Its mission is to improve the aesthetic, cultural, and investment value of communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania by initiating and coordinating the completion of public artwork within those communities.
The vision of the Street Art Society is to develop a forward-thinking attitude and awareness of the power of visual art among residents of NEPA. Whether it is a mural, sculpture, community garden, or labyrinth, the goal is to connect people with their environment.
The Street Art Society has completed murals on Empire Arcades & Home Amusements in Edwardsville, Floor4Good in Kingston, Chuck’s Main Street Diner in Luzerne, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service in Kingston, and The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston.
Guidelines for entry in the Social Kinetic Mural Project:
- Artwork must be a square format and can be in any media the artist chooses.
- Acceptable file types for submission: JPEG or PNG images (72 DPI)
- Artwork should fit with the theme of “Joining Together in the Face of Adversity.”
- Because selected artwork will be part of a larger piece, keep your design simple and striking from a distance.
- Keep in mind your composition will be rotating.
- Please provide an artist’s statement and brief bio upon submission.
- Selected artists will be featured on the website.