Drain SmART Salem Mural Project

Collaboration with Salem Sound Coastwatch and City of Salem Public Art Initiative

Salem, MA - Salem has a new public art project: “Drain SmART Salem”. The project is made possible through a collaboration between Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Initiative.  “Drain SmART Salem” will use artistic storm drain murals to educate Salem residents about the connection between storm drains and the ocean.

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CALL TO ARTISTS - 2016 Salem Mural Slam

Artists’ Row, Salem, MA


Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner

Department of Planning and Community Development

120 Washington Street

Salem, MA 01970




The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way. 

In the interest of enhancing the visual experience for residents and visitors in this great walking city, the City of Salem is inviting artists to help transform these spaces that are part of the City of Salem Art Space Initiative and the murals will provide an entertaining and stimulating experience to those that live in and visit Salem. 


Who can participate? 

Anyone may apply. Either solo or in small teams. 


Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 8:30am – 8:30pm. It is anticipated that artists will complete the mural in this timeframe. 

Painting Surface: 

There will be 10 walls available for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. They will be primed plywood sheets mounted to the existing brick walls. The format will be 8’ wide by 4’ tall. 


Due to the close proximity to other artists and local businesses during the event, along with practical considerations for drying time, Acrylic paint will be the only media permitted for use during the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. 

Acrylic paint and individual painting surfaces will be provided by the city of Salem. All other materials will be provided by the artist. 

Awards & Prizes

Artists will be competing for the following prizes. Awards will be acknowledged at the event and the prized within a week of the event. People Choice Awards

1st Place $750 

Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative

2nd Place $500 

Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative

3rd Place $250 

Sponsored by “Sully’s Brand” 

4th Place $150 

Sponsored by Structures North Consulting Engineers

Application Requirements/Checklist

City Ordinance. The City of Salem Code of Ordinances provides that no individual should be denied equal treatment or opportunity as a result of his or her age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. Any rental use open to the public which denies or tends to deny to an individual equal access on the basis of: age, ancestry, color, disability, family status, gender identity or expression, military status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, is hereby prohibited. 

Applicants MUST attach the following items to the Application, in order to be considered for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. If more than one artist is participating on one mural, they must all include their names on the application. 

 Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable

 Examples of artwork – (See application

 Four Jpeg images of previous work 

 Artist proposal 

Artists' proposals for the mural should be a scale image or description based on the dimensions of the wall. 

Proposals should include the artist's signature (or identifying mark) as it would appear on the mural. All submitted applications become the property of the City of Salem. 

Applications will be ineligible if they involve: 

 A breach of intellectual property rights (i.e., somebody else's idea) 

 Trademarks, brand or business names, logos or copyrighted images 

 Anything that is harmful to a third party 


 May 6, noon Deadline for Applications 

 May 12 Notification to Applicants 

 Saturday, June 4 & 5 “Mural Slam” Paint on location 




Name of Artisan/Artists/Group: __________________________________________________________________ 

Primary Contact Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ 

Address: ____________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Home Phone #: ____________________________________ Cell Phone #: _________________________________ 

Email Address: __________________________________ Website: ________________________________________ 

Statement of Interest (no more than 50 words): ________________________________________________ 



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It is #artboxsalem time! Call for Submissions

City of Salem Calls for Submissions to ArtBox 2015

Winners to Receive Significant Visibility & $500


Utility to Beauty

The City of Salem calls artists to submit proposals to design and paint one out of six utility boxes as part of ArtBox 2015. Winning artists will have their work in front of one million people annually and will receive $500.

 “I am very excited to announce the fifth round of Salem’s terrific ArtBox program,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll. “By the end of this season, 20 utility boxes will have been transformed into amazing works of art. I look forward to seeing what this year’s applicants propose and what they will ultimately contribute to Salem’s rapidly growing public art offerings. The ArtBox program is another positive component of our City’s on-going commitment to excellence and engagement in public artwork.”

 In the hopes of promoting individual artists as well as the community’s burgeoning arts scene, ArtBox asks all interested to propose a piece of art that presents his or her visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride or art itself.

 Project Background

A group of local art appreciators and community leaders came together at the end of 2011 to spearhead ArtBox, a program to transform these utilitarian eyesores into original works of art.  For its fourth year, ArtBox 2015 is now being overseen by the newly-formed Public Art Commission as part of the City’s art initiatives.

Beyond adding to Salem’s spirit of creativity, sense of place and cultural identity, these boxes are meant to beautify and inspire.

 Nuts & Bolts

Open to all skilled and talented artists, the deadline for submission is before 4:00 PM Monday, April 6th. The work will be judged by an independent group of creative professionals.  For information about the program and to download submission requirements see salem.com/pages/artbox or contact Deborah Greel at artbox@salem.com.

Last year’s winners’ are local artists: Heather Reid Barratt, Sheila Farren Billings, Matthew Curley, Scott Froeschi, Jennifer Hale and Emily Larsen.

 A special thank you to local sponsor Waters & Brown Paint & Decorating for providing paint supplies.

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Contact:   Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner
Department of Planning and Community Development

NYE 2014 Happenings in Salem

Salem Main Streets presents the Salem Holiday Stroll and Holiday Window Contest

Salem Main Streets is introducing a Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 13th to encourage residents to shop local and enjoy their downtown during the holiday season.  Over 40 downtown retailers have committed to staying open until 8 pm on the 13th, and most will be offering special holiday discounts, promotions, and yummy refreshments all day. Don’t miss the Pickering Wharf businesses’ Winter Walk of the Wharf, including a stroll with Santa from 1 pm to 4 pm. A full list of participating Holiday Stroll businesses can be found at http://salemmainstreets.org/festivals/holiday-happenings/holiday-stroll/.

****BONUS!! For your chance to win a Creative Salem prize pack (Worth $150) take a picture on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Vine) and use the hashtag #salemwindows when posting! Winner will be chosen on the 14th.*****

Boy Scout Troop 83 will be running a gift-wrapping station on Derby Square throughout the day, and will be joined by Troop 24, who will be selling wreaths in part to benefit the restoration of the Arch on Salem Common.

Over 40 downtown businesses will also be participating in our annual Holiday Window Contest, and this year the public can vote on their favorites! Vote for your favorite at a participating business, or vote online at www.salemmainstreets.org/windows starting on Dec. 8th. Voting ends on Dec. 13th.  A map and list of participating businesses can be found at http://salemmainstreets.org/festivals/holiday-happenings/holiday-window-contest/.

For more information about any of these events, contact Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets Manager, at (978)744-0004 orkylie@salemmainstreets.org, or visit http://salemmainstreets.org/ and follow Salem Main Streets on Facebook and Twitter.

Vote Now!

Participating Businesses

Angel’s Landing – 162 Essex St.
Boston Bead Company – 10 Front St.
Caffe Graziani – 133 Washington St.
Coon’s Card & Gift Shop – 226 Essex St.
The Coven’s Cottage – 190 Essex St.
Crafters Market Candles & Gifts – 82 Wharf St.
Delande Lighting – 22 New Derby St.
Edward John Home Décor – 100 Wharf St.
Glass and Etc. – Museum Place Mall
Gulu Gulu Café – 247 Essex St.
The Happy Sunflower – 78 Wharf St.
Hedrington’s – 61 Wharf St.
The House of Seven Gables Museum Store – 115 Derby St.
Laura Lanes Skin Care – 242 Essex St.
LightShed Photography – 79 Washington St.
The Marble Faun Books and Gifts – 131-1 Essex St.
Melita Fiore – 83 Washington St.
Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments – 3 Central St.
Mud Puddle Toys – 221 Essex St
Ocean Chic Boutique – 96 Wharf St.
Opus – 87 Washington St.
Orange Leaf Salem – 76 Lafayette St.
Pamplemousse – 185 Washington St.
Penelope’s Pet Boutique – 99 Washington St.
Re-Find – 72 Washington St.
Re-Find for Men – 244 Essex St.
Remember Salem – 127 Essex St.
Roost & Company – 40 Front St.
Salem Theatre – 90 Lafayette St.
Salemdipity – 86 Wharf St.
Seed Stitch Fine Yarn – 21 Front St.
Silver Moon Comics & Collectibles – Museum Place Mall
Tavern in the Square – 189 Washington St.
Treasures Over Time – 139 Washington St
Trolley Depot – 191 Essex St.
The Urbane Cyclist – 144 Washington St.
Waters & Brown – 281 Derby St.
Witch City Thrift & Consignment Shop – 301 Essex St.
Witch Tees – Museum Place Mall
Witch Tees – 173 Essex St
Wynott’s Wands – 127 Essex St

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