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Posted on: June 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of West Allis Issues Call for Artists for Mural Project - Deadline Extended

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The City of West Allis release a Call for Artists to request submissions for its new summer project, a corridor of outdoor murals to be dubbed “West Allis Living Streets.” There will be four new artworks installed in various sites around the commercial corridor of West Allis, sponsored by the City’s Artscape Committee. The deadline for artists submissions has been extended until July 10. 

Walls identified for the project include the west-facing wall of a commercial building across from City Hall, the east-facing wall of the upcoming Reunion restaurant, the south-facing exterior wall of the West Allis Towne Center, and the large façade of the Lamplight building, currently being painted by artist Thomas Evans, aka Detour, of Denver, CO. For more information about Detour, visit IAMDETOUR.com.

Photograph of Artist Thomas Evans, known as

Above: Photograph of artist Thomas Evans, known as Detour, from the artist’s website at https://www.iamdetour.com/ 

The remaining three walls are included in an open Call for Artists. The call is open to all artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States.

The project is being led by Wallpapered City, the artist-led working group that implemented the “North Avenue Mural Arts District” (NoMAD) in Wauwatosa last summer, as well as Black Cat Alley, Bay View Street Canvas, and other public and commercial art projects in the Milwaukee area.

“We have wanted to do this in West Allis for years, and we could not be happier to begin this work in 2020,” said Mayor Dan Devine, a longtime supporter of strengthening arts and cultural opportunities in West Allis. ”This project is going to be fantastic for our City. And this is only the beginning.”

Artists will be selected by an impartial jury of West Allis-based artists, residents, and City staff. Chosen artists will be contacted in late-July.  

Artists may download a copy of the Call for Artists on the Wallpapered City website at http://wallpapered.city/blog/westallisWALS

Tax dollars are not being used to support these projects, which have been funded by First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprises (FIRE), a regional community development entity, run through the City of West Allis’ Economic Development Department.

To learn more about Wallpapered City or artist Thomas Evans, contact Stacey Williams-Ng at Wallpapered City at Stacey@wallpapered.city or 414-477-7282. For more information about the arts in West Allis, contact Mayor Dan Devine at ddevine@westalliswi.gov.

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