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The Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund was established in 1991 for beautification projects in North Kansas City.   The Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund Projects Committee was established to identify projects that enhance North Kansas City’s quality of life and create a culturally rich community. 

Public Art Mural Program

Murals create a tangible sense of place, adding color, vibrancy, and character to urban environments.  Public art offers accessibility to art without the cost and barriers associated with museums and galleries. 

This mural program aims to commission a new, original public art mural on a building with a project budget of up to $8,000. This mural program aims to commission a new, original public art mural on a building with a project budget of up to $8,000.  The 2020 mural will create an uplifting and positive message of how the North Kansas City community came together during these uncertain times. 

The building owner/business will not receive compensation for the display of the mural, and is prohibited from charging for access to the
mural. This mural must be maintained on the building for at least five years.

The Public Art Mural Program is conducted in two-step process:

Step #1: Call for Walls  (May 4-22, 2020)

Building owners can submit their wall for consideration in the Public Art Mural Program. (Business tenants can submit a wall, but building owners MUST submit a letter of support with the application form.) Below are general guidelines the Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund Projects Committee will use to select the wall for the Public Art Mural Program:

Visibility
• Premium consideration will be given to potential mural sites that:
• Are visible from multiple vantage points and perspectives.
• Pedestrians
• Motorists
• Public transit riders
• Cyclists
• Are located in high-traffic areas.
• Have continuous blank wall/surface space.
• Have exterior lighting.

Surface Condition
• Premium consideration will be given to potential mural sites that:
• Are smooth and do not have loose or peeling paint, cracked stucco material, large cracks or broken concrete.
• Do not have any signs of water leaks (new or old).

Requirements (along with the submitted application)
• An 8” X 10” photograph or high-resolution digital image of the exterior space where art would be located.
• If a tenant, a letter from the property owner authorizing the tenant to apply and undertake the work if selected.
• If selected, the building owner will agree to a five-year art easement with the City of North Kansas City. The mural will remain in place, without alterations other than necessary maintenance and repair, for a period of at least five years. The building owner/business will not receive compensation for the display of the mural, and is prohibited from charging for access to the mural.

Step #2: Call to Artists (June 8-30, 2020)   Click here to download the Call to Artists Application Form.

Once the wall has been selected, the Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund Projects Committee will conduct a Call to Artists for a new, site-specific, original public art mural. The building owner/business will be part of the artist jury process for the Call to Artists. The mural submission cannot include advertising of any kind. (Advertising includes company names,
business logos, and/or symbols that are associated with the building owner or business.)

Below are general guidelines the Tim C. Crummett Family Charitable Fund Projects Committee will use to select the artist
submission for the Public Art Mural Program:

Concept
• Premium consideration will be given to potential murals that:
• Portray an uplifting and positive message of how the North Kansas City community came together during these uncertain times. 
• Tell a story.
• Illustrate the local identity, uniqueness, and arts and culture assets of the North Kansas City community.
• Enhance the public and pedestrian environment of North Kansas City through artistic expression by utilizing an attractive layout and color combinations.
• Visual imagery must be appropriate for all audiences (not containing advertising, partisan politics, sexual or religious content).

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