Seed to Sky Depicts Cedar Rapids, Resilience

Ruben Aguirre, Seed to Sky

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – October 22, 2020 – Seed to Sky, by artist Ruben Aguirre, is a newly-completed bright, abstract mural in the Kingston Village neighborhood of downtown Cedar Rapids. The project was unveiled Thursday by Murals & More with an online dedication event to celebrate the installation.

Aguirre painted the mural in two working sessions, beginning the first week of September and finishing touch-ups and sealant in early October. He describes the mural as a landscape abstraction inspired by Cedar Rapids.

Containing some literal symbolism (cedar trees and rapids/water), Seed to Sky suggests the upward journey and the necessary shared resilience needed for growth and development. The potential implied by the seed is a symbol of the future. While reaching the sky is an individual challenge, getting there is often a communal effort. It’s natural to start slow, to struggle, to need the help of others, but also to adapt, thrive, and help others thrive for a collective gain. To cultivate a forest, a place to live. Not just participating as a spectator, but as an integral part of what happens around us. Immersing ourselves in nature often reminds us of our place in the world. (Aguirre)

Seed to Sky
Seed to Sky, by artist Ruben Aguirre, in the Kingston Village neighborhood, downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The online event was hosted by Murals & More board member Laura Kaiden, featuring Aguirre and project stakeholders. Adam Burger, co-chair of Murals & More, led the team of volunteers to develop the project. “We’re especially excited today because this mural has been three years in the works,” said Burger.

Discussions with Dash Coffee Roasters for a mural on the east-facing exterior wall of the Rowell Hardware Building began shortly after the business opened its doors in 2017. Rebecca Weinbrenner, owner of Dash, says the mural couldn’t have come at a better time, describing the need for the community to be uplifted after the derecho that hit Iowa in August.

“It just represents our Cedar Rapids community so fantastically … it impacted exactly how we were feeling and it brought hope to where we were at right after a tough time, and is just another reminder of how Cedar Rapids comes together as a community,” said Weinbrenner.

Jesse Thoeming, executive director for the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, echoed the theme of resiliency in Cedar Rapids, citing the resurgence of development in Kingston Village.

“Kingston Village has just absolutely blossomed and thrived in the last five or six years, especially after the flood of 2008, and has become an absolute jewel, not just for downtown, but for our entire community,” said Thoeming.

The importance of community support for public art was underscored by Nick Ludwig, co-chair of Murals & More, in thanking sponsors for their contributions. “Rightly so, it is expensive to bring in high caliber artists — such as Ruben – we are so thankful to have worked with him for this project. The financial support just has to be there to make a project like this happen,” said Ludwig.

Title sponsors for the project include the Cedar Rapids Downtown District and ImOn Communications. Additional contributing partners include Rowell Hardware Development, LLC; Klinger Paint Company; Gary Rozek and Fred Timko for Popoli Restaurant; Dash Coffee Roasters; and Stefan Doerrfeld.

Thoeming described the goal of the downtown district to add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood in supporting the project. “Added vibrancy and placemaking is something that is at the core of what the Economic Alliance does. These kinds of new pieces of public art do just that,” said Thoeming.

As a group committed to making public art accessible in Cedar Rapids, Murals & More sees the partnership with the downtown district as a win for the community. Seed to Sky is the second project the downtown district has partnered with Murals & More to complete, the first being Across Iowa (American Discovery Trail) completed in 2019.

“Obviously we care a lot about public art, art that is accessible, and for us, to see how excited they get about the same thing, and how art can accomplish their goals, it’s truly a wonderful partnership that we’re happy to be a part of,” said Ludwig.

Lisa Rhatigan, vice president at ImOn Communications, discussed the company’s commitment to supporting the arts as a title sponsor for the project. The company relocated their headquarters to Kingston Village in 2018.

“We are so pleased and proud to add our name to this beautiful piece of art in Kingston Village. In the midst of a pandemic, our community faced a horrible storm which stole much of the beauty from our streets and neighborhoods. What a gift it is to be able to stop and enjoy this piece of public art in the middle of an urban neighborhood,” said Rhatigan.

In describing his work, Aguirre touched on the benefits of public art, saying, “There’s so many different reasons why people would want public art, and there’s no wrong answer really.”

Seed to Sky can be seen outside Dash Coffee Roasters, located at 120 3rd Ave SW in Cedar Rapids.

Ruben Aguirre

Ruben Aguirre (b. 1979, Chicago, IL)  is a Chicago based painter who is expanding on the roots of style writing with a non narrative approach to mural painting. His interest lies in drawing attention to underutilized infrastructure as a potential substrate. He has produced a number of murals in the Chicago area, across the U.S., and abroad. Aguirre’s work is an intersection of abstract graffiti, formalism, and mural painting.  His work is informed by architecture and plays with re-imagining public space, while investigating pattern, hard edge painting, and color field through the use of the spray can, with traces of typographic letter structure from his graffiti roots. He has exhibited in The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, and in the Hyde Park Art Center. His work has been covered by the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Aguirre’s public works have been commissioned for schools, residential spaces, private businesses, as well as various neighborhood development organizations, and clients such as Adidas, Linked IN, and McGraw Hill. See more at theshiftchange.com.

Murals & More

Murals & More, The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing local architecture as the backdrop for public art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We believe in the power of art that is accessible to all. We connect artists with space for them to create and inspire. Connect on FacebookInstagram, and visit our website at crmurals.org.

Cedar Rapids Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District

In 1986, a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created by vote of the downtown property owners for community development, streetscape and beautification improvements. They agreed to tax themselves as an additional assessment every year to revitalize the area. Today, the Downtown Commission is composed of property owners or their representatives appointed by the Mayor to continue these initiatives, and remain visionaries in planning for the vitality of downtown Cedar Rapids. The Downtown SSMID Commission works closely with the Economic Alliance to help carry out the Commission’s strategic plan and meet its goals. Learn more: Cedar Rapids Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District.

ImOn Communications

ImOn Communications provides high-speed Internet, cable TV, and telephone services to residents of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha, Iowa and fiber Internet and phone services in Iowa City, Iowa. ImOn also provides businesses throughout the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Corridor, as well as Dubuque, with advanced broadband communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. ImOn was the first to introduce fiber-to-the-home services in Cedar Rapids in 2011 and residential gigabit service in 2015. As part of ImOn’s philosophy of supporting their communities, the company provides free community Wi-Fi service to Downtown Cedar Rapids, the McGrath Amphitheatre, Newbo City Market, the ImOn Ice Arena, and other outdoor areas near the Williams Blvd. public library and the Jane Boyd Community House. ImOn also provides free Wi-Fi at various parks in Hiawatha, Iowa, the Iowa City Ped Mall, and in Dubuque at the Fighting Saints Arena and the Five Flags Center. ImOn is locally owned and operated and offers customers tremendous value and choice for services. For more information regarding ImOn Communications, visit www.ImOn.net or call 319-298-6484.

Support NewBoCo’s Derecho 2020 Fundraiser for Eastern Iowa’s Arts and Culture Nonprofits

Support NewBoCo's Derecho 2020 Fundraiser for Eastern Iowa's Arts and Culture Nonprofits

Photo credit: Fred Ebong Studios, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – October 12, 2020 — Murals & More has been included in a fundraising effort to support various Eastern Iowa arts and culture nonprofits in the wake of the derecho natural disaster that swept through Iowa on August 10, 2020.

Support NewBoCo’s Derecho 2020 fundraiser.

The derecho added to an already stressful year for our community’s arts & culture nonprofits. Many were struggling to stay open just from COVID. This project is a simple one: to turn the “lemons” of the derecho into “lemonade” in the form of a fundraiser to make coasters from downed trees.

Led by Cedar Rapids non-profits NewBoCo, Indian Creek Nature Center, and Brucemore, with a notable assist from Iowa BIG, we’re hoping to raise some money for some of the area’s arts & culture nonprofits and making your holiday gift shopping easier.

The wood comes from Indian Creek Nature Center, except in a few cases where noted from Brucemore. The team at NewBoCo and Iowa BIG are etching the logos into each, lacquering them, and then managing fulfillment and delivery.

Each $20 you spend on a coaster set gets split by the participating non-profits – including the one whose logo is on the coaster you buy. 

  • All orders must be placed by October 30th. This allows us to know how many to make over the next few weeks.
  • Orders can be delivered, or picked up, but no earlier than December 6th

Mucha Meets Iowa Unveiled in Czech Village

Mucha Meets Iowa Unveiled in Czech Village

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – September 29, 2020 – The Czech Village New Bohemia Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) unveiled Mucha Meets Iowa, a new mural by Artist Ali Hval of Iowa City, Iowa, on Tuesday to a crowd of community members over coffee and kolaches. The mural spans the east side of the Novak Building adjacent to the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library as the gateway to Czech Village facing the Cedar River.

The mural committee cites a popular 2012 exhibit at the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library featuring the work of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) as the inspiration for the creative direction of the mural. In designing the mural, Hval studied Mucha and Art Nouveau, an artistic style popularized throughout Europe in the late 1800s and into the 20th century. Hval’s design reimagines Mucha’s work in the Art Nouveau style by incorporating local Iowan wildlife and plants. The center female figure is taken from one of Mucha’s pieces and has been tweaked by adding local flowers and plants, namely wild roses, black-eyed susans, and coneflowers, in a flower crown. Oak leaves and bicycle wheels are also encircling the figure. In the remaining arches, other Iowan elements are depicted, such as the goldfinch, morels, and bluebells, chronicling the abundance and variety of life across Iowa.

Mucha Meets Iowa
Mucha Meets Iowa, by Artist Ali Hval, greets visitors to Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hval started painting in late July and was only briefly interrupted by the derecho natural disaster that ripped through the community on August 10. She was back at work within a few days of the storm, finalizing details throughout August and into September.

The unveiling event featured words from Jim Piersall, chairman of the SSMID, Cecilia Rokusek, CEO of the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library (accompanied by friends dressed in traditional Czech clothing), Dale Todd, City of Cedar Rapids councilmember, and Hval. Coffee was provided by Cafe Saint Pio.

The SSMID, as the group initiating and funding the project, sought the consultative support of Murals & More in early 2020 to help plan and implement the project. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Czech Village-New Bohemia District (The District) joined the project to help with planning. Hval was brought forward by Murals & More and selected by the committee.

More than twenty community partners and private individuals contributed to the success of the project through financial support and in-kind contributions. The District secured a grant for paint to be donated by Diamond Vogel through Paint Iowa Beautiful, an initiative of Keep of Iowa Beautiful. Painting services to prime the wall were donated by Da Bunch Co., the Hawkeye Area Labor Council, and the CR/IC Building Trades Council. Altorfer Cat donated the lift for the project. The City of Cedar Rapids agreed to a long-term lease of city-owned land in front of the mural to continue beautification of the area. Murals & More also made a financial contribution to the project.

Individual donors include Monica and Jim Piersall, Sue and Jim Novak, Janelle and George McClain, Kymm and Pat Loeffler, Mary Kay and Pat McGrath, Bob Schaffer and the Czech Cottage, Graham Construction, Kaitlin and Craig Byers, Lijun and David Chadima, Monica and Bill Vernon, and the Czech Village Association.

Congratulations to the SSMID for creating an iconic landmark and the vision to invest in public art; and to Hval for her impressive talent, artistic ability, and tenacity to complete the project.

Czech Village New Bohemia SSMID

A Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) is a financing mechanism used to fund district-specific improvements and services to supplement, not replace, existing municipal services. The Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID seeks to improve the neighborhood and the Cedar Rapids community in a variety of ways, including economic development; communications and advocacy; capital improvements; enhanced maintenance; and parking/transportation management. Learn more at https://www.cedarrapids.org/our-community/core-districts/czech-village-new-bohemia.

Ali Hval

Ali Hval currently lives and works in Iowa City. In 2019, she received her MFA with Honors at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a minor concentration in Ceramics. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation. She is a 2020 resident at the Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York. In 2015, she was chosen as one of ten recipients for the nationally competitive $15,000 Windgate Fellowship by the Center of Creativity, Craft, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. Ali graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has had work in multiple exhibitions across the country, including Site: Brooklyn in New York, South Bay Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College curated by Kate Mothes. An avid muralist, she has completed over 14 public murals and projects in various communities across the Midwest. Learn more at alihval.com.

Murals & More

Murals & More, The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing local architecture as the backdrop for public art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We believe in the power of art that is accessible to all. We connect artists with space for them to create and inspire. Connect on Facebook, Instagram, and visit our website at crmurals.org.

Murals & More Looks to Brighten Kingston Village Streetscape with New Mural on East Side of Dash Coffee Roasters

Murals & More Looks to Brighten Kingston Village Streetscape with New Mural on East Side of Dash Coffee Roasters

Nationally Renowned Artist Ruben Aguirre Selected to Paint Mural

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – September 1, 2020 – Third Avenue in the Kingston Village district of Cedar Rapids is about to get a lot more colorful. September marks the start of Murals & More’s latest project, transforming the side of the 120 3rd Ave SW, home of locally-owned DASH Coffee Roasters, from plain gray into a vibrant work of public art. Respected and sought-after artist, Ruben Aguirre, will commence painting at the beginning of the month.

Partnering with the Cedar Rapids Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District, building owners Rowell Hardware Development LLC, the owners of DASH Coffee Roasters, and with the sponsorship and support of ImOn Communications, Murals & More went through an extensive process to select the perfect artist to bring the space to life.

 “We first began to talk about getting a mural on the side of this building more than two years ago,” said Murals & More Co-Chair, Adam Burger. “Finding the right artist that could utilize the large surface area in a meaningful and compelling manner, while stylistically matching what we envisioned, was really important to us. I could not be more thrilled that Ruben agreed to be a part of this project and gift us with one of his amazing murals.”

Based out of Chicago, Ruben’s work is a blend of abstract and formalism which relies heavily on the architecture and structure of building upon which he is enhancing. For this particular mural, he will be incorporating a base palette of blues and teals, accented with hardline shapes, patterns and lines, and pops of red. Work on the mural is expected to take roughly two weeks, with anticipated completion by mid-September.

“The positive impact public art has on a community cannot be over-empathized. It builds solidarity among neighbors and boosts economic development throughout the region,” remarked Tyler Oswood of Rowell Hardware Development LLC. “As development and building owners, we are excited to be able to work with these tremendous partners to better our city and give back to our community.”

This project is also part of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s core function of Community Development to support district beautification and to champion quality of life projects. The completion of this project fulfills multiple tactics outlined in the Downtown Vision Plan, a framework to create an even greater, more vibrant experience in Downtown Cedar Rapids.

Artist Bio: Ruben Aguirre

Ruben Aguirre (b. 1979, Chicago, IL)  is a Chicago based painter who is expanding on the roots of style writing with a non narrative approach to mural painting. His interest lies in drawing attention to underutilized infrastructure as a potential substrate. He has produced a number of murals in the Chicago area, across the U.S., and abroad. Aguirre’s work is an intersection of abstract graffiti, formalism, and mural painting.  His work is informed by architecture and plays with re-imagining public space, while investigating pattern, hard edge painting, and color field through the use of the spray can, with traces of typographic letter structure from his graffiti roots. He has exhibited in The National Museum of Mexican Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, and in the Hyde Park Art Center. His work has been covered by the Atlantic, and the Washington Post. Aguirre’s public works have been commissioned for schools, residential spaces, private businesses, as well as various neighborhood development organizations, and clients such as Adidas, Linked IN, and McGraw Hill. Learn more: Ruben Aguirre.

Murals & More

Murals & More’s is a non-profit organization based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and led by a board of dedicated volunteers. Murals & More are advocates for artists; champions of our city. We celebrate our community with public art as the medium and local architecture as the framework. In the years to come, we envision people traveling along the mural trail, not only enjoying art, but learning about our community as well. As the downtown streetscapes become revitalized with artistically-inspired facades, they will create cultural destinations for residents and visitors alike. For more information about Murals & More and the Cedar Rapids Mural Trails, please connect with us socially on Facebook or Instagram or visit our website at crmurals.org.

Cedar Rapids Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District

In 1986, a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created by vote of the downtown property owners for community development, streetscape and beautification improvements. They agreed to tax themselves as an additional assessment every year to revitalize the area. Today, the Downtown Commission is composed of property owners or their representatives appointed by the Mayor to continue these initiatives, and remain visionaries in planning for the vitality of downtown Cedar Rapids. The Downtown SSMID Commission works closely with the Economic Alliance to help carry out the Commission’s strategic plan and meet its goals. Learn more: Cedar Rapids Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District.

Rowell Hardware Development, LLC

Rowell Hardware Development is a group of local investors and developers who are behind the properties Rehab After the Flood. As a real estate development and investment company, the group focuses on mixed use and commercial real estate in the Cedar Rapids region.

ImOn Communications

ImOn Communications provides high-speed Internet, cable TV, and telephone services to residents of Cedar Rapids, Marion, and Hiawatha, Iowa and fiber Internet and phone services in Iowa City, Iowa. ImOn also provides businesses throughout the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Corridor, as well as Dubuque, with advanced broadband communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. ImOn was the first to introduce fiber-to-the-home services in Cedar Rapids in 2011 and residential gigabit service in 2015. As part of ImOn’s philosophy of supporting their communities, the company provides free community Wi-Fi service to Downtown Cedar Rapids, the McGrath Amphitheatre, Newbo City Market, the ImOn Ice Arena, and other outdoor areas near the Williams Blvd. public library and the Jane Boyd Community House.  ImOn also provides free Wi-Fi at various parks in Hiawatha, Iowa, the Iowa City Ped Mall, and in Dubuque at the Fighting Saints Arena and the Five Flags Center. ImOn is locally owned and operated and offers customers tremendous value and choice for services. For more information regarding ImOn Communications, visit www.ImOn.net or call 319-298-6484.

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Czech Village New Bohemian SSMID Commissions Ali Hval for Gateway Mural

Czech Village New Bohemian SSMID Commissions Ali Hval for Gateway Mural

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 20, 2020 – The Czech Village New Bohemian Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has partnered with Murals & More to commission Iowa City-based artist Ali Hval for a new mural in Czech Village.

Artist Ali Hval plans to meld the traditional Art Nouveau style with themes of Iowa, taking inspiration from renown Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, for a mural that will welcome visitors to Czech Village as they enter the neighborhood on the 16th Ave bridge. The wall to be painted is the northeast side of the Novak Building facing the Cedar River.

Murals & More has consulted the SSMID group throughout the entire process and contributed funds to support the project.

“This mural will be an iconic landmark for Czech Village and all of Cedar Rapids. Murals & More is so excited to help make it a reality. Connecting the dots between a group with a vision for a project, finding a stellar artist, then lining up the details is what we do best,” said Nick Ludwig, co-chair of Murals & More.

Hval is set to begin painting the week of July 26, 2020, and anticipates completing the work mid-August. An unveiling event to celebrate the mural will follow.

Additional community partners supporting the project include The District, a Main Street Iowa CommunityThe Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance; Altorfer Rentals; Diamond Vogel; the local Building Trades group of the Hawkeye Area Labor Council; DA BUNCH Painting; the City of Cedar Rapids; Sue and Jim Novak; Mary Kay McGrath; and individual members of the SSMID.

Czech Village New Bohemia SSMID

A Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) is a financing mechanism used to fund district-specific improvements and services to supplement, not replace, existing municipal services. The Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID seeks to improve the neighborhood and the Cedar Rapids community in a variety of ways, including economic development; communications and advocacy; capital improvements; enhanced maintenance; and parking/transportation management. Learn more at https://www.cedarrapids.org/our-community/core-districts/czech-village-new-bohemia.

Ali Hval

Ali Hval currently lives and works in Iowa City. In 2019, she received her MFA with Honors at the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with a minor concentration in Ceramics. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining painting, fabric, ceramic, sculpture, and installation. She is a 2020 resident at the Chautauqua School of Art in Chautauqua, New York. In 2015, she was chosen as one of ten recipients for the nationally competitive $15,000 Windgate Fellowship by the Center of Creativity, Craft, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. Ali graduated summa cum laude with Honors from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2015 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing. She has had work in multiple exhibitions across the country, including Site: Brooklyn in New York, South Bay Contemporary in Los Angeles, and the Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College curated by Kate Mothes. An avid muralist, she has completed over 14 public murals and projects in various communities across the Midwest. Learn more at alihval.com.

Murals & More

Murals & More’s is a non-profit organization based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and led by a board of dedicated volunteers. Murals & More are advocates for artists; champions of our city. We celebrate our community with public art as the medium and local architecture as the framework. In the years to come, we envision people traveling along the mural trail, not only enjoying art, but learning about our community as well. As the downtown streetscapes become revitalized with artistically-inspired facades, they will create cultural destinations for residents and visitors alike. For more information about Murals & More and the Cedar Rapids Mural Trails, please connect with us socially on Facebook or Instagram or visit our website at crmurals.org.

Request for Proposal: 2nd Avenue Parking Garage Mural

2nd Ave Parking Ramp

Murals & More is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing local architecture as the backdrop for public art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 2020, Murals & More is partnering with the Downtown SSMID Commission, a self-supported municipal improvement district focused on community development, streetscape and beautification improvements, to add public art celebrating the Connect CR Project to Cedar Rapids’ downtown. 

Our organizations are requesting a proposal for a painted mural to be displayed on the outside wall of the 2nd Avenue Parking Garage. This mural should contain artistic elements that highlight or suggest the ConnectCR Project. 

Not only are we open to a nontraditional use of art applications – we encourage it! All art forms and mediums are acceptable as long as they can exist in the elements, including Iowa’s harsh winters.

About the ConnectCR Project

ConnectCR plans to revitalize the urban Cedar Lake and build a pedestrian/trail bridge over the Cedar River near the NewBo and Czech Village neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. ConnectCR will connect the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to the cross-country American Discovery Trail and the Great American Rail-Trail.
https://connectcr.org/

Project Specifications

The selected mural will be installed on a portion of the outer walls of the 2nd Avenue Parking Garage, located on 320 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

  • Dimensions: 47’ wide by 69’ tall
  • Structure Material: Brick
  • The mural should have a general theme through artistic representation of the spirit of the ConnectCR Project. 
  • The mural should not emphasize the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids. 
  • Artwork should fill the majority of the space, but does not have to cover the entire surface area of the structure.
  • The mural should be distinctive through use of design, color, and subject matter. 
  • The content of the mural should not serve as any sort of promotion or branding for any business or organization. 
  • The design will be suitable and acceptable for public viewing of all ages.
  • The artist is required to apply a protective coating/sealant.

Project Timeline

Murals & More and the Downtown SSMID Commission request the first draft of mural artwork by March 20, 2020.  The selected artwork will be chosen by committees from Murals & More and the Downtown SSMID Commission. As the artwork will be displayed on a publicly owned building, final approval will come from the City of Cedar Rapids’ Visual Arts Commission. This timeline is subject to change. If the unveiling must be moved to a different date, the artist will be contacted and a mutually agreed upon date will be set. 

  • February 19, 2020: Request for proposals issued.
  • March 20, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST: Proposal deadline.
  • March 21-30, 2020: Review of proposals. Artists may be contacted for interviews.
  • April 1, 2020: Selected artist chosen and notified. Non-finalists will be contacted via email.
  • July 31, 2020: Public art unveiling event and ribbon cutting ceremony. Artwork is to be installed and completed before this date.

Project Budget

The project budget is not to exceed $54,000 for the mural. The project budget includes any artist(s) fee, supplies, assistant fees, installation, and all other costs. No further financial support for this project will be given past $54,000. Everything must be outlined in the budget and shall not exceed $54,000. Any Boom Truck/Lift/Scaffolding needs must also be included in the budget. 

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must contain each of the following components in the order listed (see below). All components of the proposal are to be saved into a single PDF document that is printable on 8.5” X 11” white paper. Proposals shall be submitted via email to: muralsandmorecr@gmail.com

Each proposal must include:

  1. Artist’s contact information and artist statement.
  2. Project narrative not exceeding 500 words.
  3. Full-color drawing illustration of the concept.
  4. Supplemental project information, including materials/medium to be used and process of completion. 
  5. Itemized budget. This should include quotes for pain or vinyl, supplies, artist fees, scaffolding rental, sealant, and any other associated costs. 
  6. Timetable with a completion date no later than July 31, 2020.

Contact Information

Complete proposal, as well as any additional questions or concerns, maybe submitted to: 

Molly Monk
Artist Selection Chair
muralsandmorecr@gmail.com
507-250-2677

and/or

Alexis Dagit
Fundraising Chair
adagit67@gmail.com

 

Download as PDF: Murals & More Request for Proposal – 2nd Avenue Parking Garage (PDF)

Murals & More Presents The Crunch Berry Run

The Crunch Berry Run

Cedar Rapids, Iowa—Murals & More, the local nonprofit dedicated to public art in downtown Cedar Rapids, is proud to announce a new event called The Crunch Berry Run. This event is held in conjunction with the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market, in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. Quaker Oats of Cedar Rapids is the title sponsor of the event. All the proceeds from this event will go towards public art projects in Cedar Rapids.

The 5k and 1 mile run/walk will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, downtown Cedar Rapids. The event will start and end at Greene Square, with waves of participants beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Participants can expect to be doused in environmentally-friendly color powder as they make their way through this non-competitive run/walk. The event will finish with music, dancing, and family-friendly activities. This fun run/walk is not timed and is appropriate for people of all ages and athletic abilities. Participants will be given a white t-shirt to wear as part of the registration packet.

More information and registration is available at https://crmurals.org/the-crunch-berry-run-2019.

About Murals & More

Murals & More, The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing local architecture as the backdrop for public art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We connect artists with space for them to create and inspire. Learn more at www.crmurals.org.

23 Students Selected for 2018 Art Walk

2018 Student Art Walk

23 local students were honored at a ceremony on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, as selected artists for their submissions chosen as part of the 2018 Student Art Walk. Students submitted their creations based on the central theme of “community.”

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart hosted the event as emcee, helping congratulate these students and their families. The pieces from the Student Art Walk will be visible throughout downtown Cedar Rapids throughout the summer, as each work of art is reprinted on a vinyl banner and hung on light posts throughout 3rd St. SE and 3rd Ave. SE.

About the Student Art Walk

Since 2012, Murals and More has partnered with Cedar Rapids schools to find young artists to showcase their talent on banners throughout the downtown area. Cedar Rapids public and private schools are invited to submit student art work. Students are asked by their art teacher to create an art piece depicting a specific theme. Top artwork is reproduced on banners and displayed throughout downtown from May through August, creating a community art walk on 3rd St. SE and 3rd Ave. SE.

For more information on how you, your school, or your child can participate next year, please contact us.

Sponsor the Student Art Walk

Murals & More is seeking interested businesses to sponsor the Student Art Walk on an annual basis. Each student art banner has space for one sponsor logo. By sponsoring a banner, a business makes it possible for another student to have their artwork selected and included with a banner placed downtown as part of the Student Art Walk. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting Murals & More by sponsoring a banner.

Murals & More unveils new Cedar Rapids skywalk mural by AKACORLEONE

Five Seasons, Murals & More, The Cedar Rapids Mural Trail

This article was written by Rob Cline for Little Village Magazine. Read the entire article here: Murals & More unveils new Cedar Rapids skywalk mural by AKACORLEONE.

A small crowd gathered for the unveiling of a big mural in downtown Cedar Rapids on Monday evening. Murals & More, which is steadily creating the Cedar Rapids Mural Trail, dedicated the organization’s first mural of 2017 on the east side of the skywalk on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues.

Riffing on Cedar Rapids’ “City of Five Seasons” slogan, Portuguese artist Pedro Campiche, who works under the name AKACORLEONE, has created an eye-catching mural centered on the words “Five Seasons.”

“I just hope you like my artwork and it portrays the city,” Campiche said in a brief statement during the ceremony.

Continue reading on the Little Village Magazine website…