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City of Asbury Park Public Arts Commission, in Partnership with the Asbury Park Arts Council, Announces Artists Selected for Second City Mural Project
8/8/22, Asbury Park, NJ – The City of Asbury Park Public Arts Commission, in partnership with the Asbury Park Arts Council, is pleased to announce the artists selected for the City’s second mural project. Over fifty submissions for public murals were received in response to an open call for artists to beautify the City’s historic wastewater treatment facility located on the northern end of Asbury Park Boardwalk. The Public Arts Commission recommended 9 winning submissions to City Council who voted at the July 27, 2022 City Council Meeting to approve the project which is expected to be completed by Labor Day weekend.
Funding for the project was partially raised by the Asbury Park Arts Council (APAC), a 501c3 group formed to work with the City to promote and advocate for arts and culture initiatives. APAC received a grant to assist the project with artist fees, supplies and marketing from the Monmouth Arts 2022 Renew program which supports free arts events in Monmouth County. In addition, the City will pay the artists a stipend.
Artists selected for the City mural project include:
“We received an incredible response to our open call for artists with applicants submitting a diverse range of styles and content for consideration. Narrowing the submissions was difficult and we’re pleased that our community is strongly represented in the talent pool with 5 of the 9 selected artists being from Asbury Park,” said Deputy Mayor and Public Arts Commission member Amy Quinn, “Public art adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. We’re thrilled to be able to provide an opportunity to foster creativity through these temporary murals and want to thank iStar for their support and generous donation of equipment to make this project happen.”
“This project will continue the success of last year’s summer mural project that was part of the City’s ReOpen (Realizing Opportunities for Public Enjoyment of Neighborhoods) program,” said Director of Planning & Redevelopment and Public Arts Commission member Michele Alonso, “Asbury Park embraces the arts and we’re pleased to have received submissions from around the state, and country, for this project. We’re happy to be able to showcase artists from everywhere and that so much of our local talent applied.”
“The historic wastewater treatment facility is one of a few municipally-owned buildings available for City-sponsored projects and its highly visible location on the beachfront makes it ideal for a public art installation,” said Public Arts Commission member and Asbury Park Arts Council founding member Mike Sodano, “The project schedule will allow visitors during peak season to watch the creative process unfold and will result in new art for residents to savor at the start of what is popularly known as local summer.”
For more information on the Public Arts Commission, visit www.cityofasburypark.com/publicarts.
For more information on the Asbury Park Arts Council, visit www.asburyparkartscouncil.org.
For more information on Monmouth Arts, visit www.monmoutharts.org.