Seven local artists have been selected by the UrbanArts Commission to create murals in each of the seven Memphis City Council districts.
The artists are participants in the Commission’s District Mural Training Program, which aims to help artists "expand their practice into the public art realm," by providing them with training and professional development ahead of doing their murals.
Delivered by muralists at MuralArts Philadelphia, the largest public art program in the country, the training touches on budgeting, community engagement, and mural application. Once training is completed, each artist will begin their murals in the seven districts.
The seven artists — Lawrence Matthews, Danielle Sierra, Carl Scott, Larry Walker, Lindsey Bailey, Joseph Boyd, and Darlene Newman — were selected from a pool of over 40 local applicants by a committee consisting of Memphis artists, past program participants, and community stakeholders. Each mural the seven artists will create has a budget of $30,000.
second cohort is expected to complete their murals by September 2019.