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Libraries Inside Out 2013 Call for Artists
Downtown Branch Summer 2013 Temporary Facade Installation
Posted Date: 4/8/2013 6:00 PM

April 8, 2013, SANTA CRUZ, CA: Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) and Santa Cruz City Arts jointly announce the release of a Call to Artists to submit concept designs for a temporary mural to be installed on the Library Downtown Branch facade and displayed from August through December 2013. 

Graphic designers, cartoonists, photographers, illustrators and other 2-D artists are encouraged to apply. No previous public art experience is required. The selected artist will receive a $3,000 honorarium to cover the costs of design, materials, and installation. Deadline to apply is May 16, at 5:00 pm. 

Project coordinators are offering an optional artist workshop in the Downtown Branch Library community room, April 18th at 5:30 pm where interested artists can learn more about the site opportunities and technical details. 

"The Library is a community hub," Santa Cruz Public Library Programs – Information & Partnerships Division Manager Janis O’Driscoll explains. "This temporary public art project is a great opportunity to showcase different aspects of the community in a visible and powerful way.” 

The temporary mural will be the second installation at the Library Downtown Branch, and follows on the heels of last summer’s “Libraries Inside Out” project, which featured black and white portraits of library patrons printed and wheat-pasted on the building façade as part of French artist JR’s global “Inside Out” public art project. The timing of the project will compliment First Friday on August 2, 2013, the Church Street Festival, and the opening of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. 

“The Church Street Fair is a celebration of Santa Cruz's creative spirit” explains Cabrillo Festival Executive Director Ellen Primack, “and the Libraries Inside Out 2012 installation was a perfect complement, bringing energy and vibrancy to the streetscape during the festivities. We’re thrilled that City Arts and SCPL are so supportive of efforts to integrate the Downtown Branch façade with First Friday, Opening Night of the Cabrillo Festival, and the Church Street Fair. We can’t wait to see this year’s installation!” 

For questions about the RFP, contact Crystal Birns at Artists interested in signing up for the workshop can email Mariah Roberts at Learn more, or download the Call for Artists at