Art En Route Bus Shelter Sidewalk Mural Project

Art En Route is a new public art project through the City of Dubuque’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Green Dubuque and funded by a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

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The Asphalt Art Initiative was created to help cities use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage their communities. The program not only seeks to create vibrant public spaces but also looks to build city capacity for working with artists and community groups on projects involving transportation infrastructure.

Dubuque's solution to the Asphalt Art Initiative call was Art En Route, a project at the intersection of public art, public transit, and local sustainability efforts while enhancing 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around the shelters. The network of murals will draw attention to the City’s extensive and accessible public transit system as a community asset while encouraging residents to actively partner in the City’s Climate Action Plan and celebrate those that already do. The project also advances goals and priorities of the City’s Arts and Culture Master Plan to make arts and cultural resources and activities available in every neighborhood in the city and county, make art more visible in all aspects of daily life in Dubuque, and facilitate the presence and participation of arts and culture at non-cultural activities and venues.

Community members of all ages were invited to share their ideas for what the sidewalk mural at their neighborhood bus shelter could look like by downloading, completing and submitting an Art En Route coloring sheet. The community-sourced designs informed the open call for artists, released in September 2021.

To better understand how the community does or doesn’t use the 14 bus shelters featured in the Art En Route project, and to help prioritize strategies identified in the City’s 50% by 2030 Community Climate Action Plan, citizens were encouraged to lend their voice through an online survey. Survey feedback ranking 45 designs concepts available to guide potential artists included in the open call process.

The call for submissions is open to all artists, professionals and aspiring, who are 18 years and older to submit designs by Tues., November 30, 2021. Creative collectives and community groups may also apply. Creatives living within a 50-mile radius of Dubuque and underrepresented artists artists are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no application fee; applicants are welcome to submit multiple designs for consideration.

Upon project completion, the artist will receive a $750 stipend for each mural painted.

The project's primary funding source is the Bloomberg Philanthropies grant with in-kind and additional support from City of Dubuque. The project is produced in collaboration with Green Dubuque, Sustainable Dubuque, the City of Dubuque's Transit Department, and Gigantic Design.

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  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

    Economic Development Office
    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

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