Calling All Artists: Rail Trail Committee Seeks Muralists

Proposed Site of ART Mural

In late 2016, a group of Bethlehem community members gathered, inspired by the idea of creating public works of art along the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. Forming a volunteer committee known as Art on the Rail Trail (ART), these citizens have spent the past eight months working steadily, receiving approval from MHLC, as well as from the Bethlehem Town Board, to implement this public art project. ART identifies several benefits of creating public art along the Rail Trail, including: improved quality of life, beautifying the trail during all seasons, and a sense of community ownership. The first proposed art installation is a mural on the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Avenue in Delmar.

The members of ART have been reaching out to local businesses and residents, building sponsorships, community support, and public awareness for the project. Now, the committee is ready to hire an artist to paint the mural, and has posted a Call for Artists with the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

On June 29th, from 6 to 7 PM, an open house will be held at 90 Adams Street for interested applicants. ART welcomes all artists who apply, but is specifically interested in those who have experience in public art, mosaics, and murals. The group is hoping to hire an artist who lives in the Capital Region in an effort to support local community members. ART is particularly interested in proposals which incorporate the themes of connectivity and movement. Applications are due by July 31st, 2017 at 11:59 PM, and must be submitted through The Arts Center of the Capital Region’s website

Throughout the month of August, up to three finalists will be selected and a public presentation will be made. The committee is prioritizing transparency in the selection process, welcoming community members to voice opinions on the different proposals. By mid-October, the mural will be completed, and there will be a mural unveiling ceremony.

ART’s project is a community effort, so be sure to stay engaged and informed via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Love the Rail Trail? Love art? Support this community project by donating to ART today!

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