“Many Hands Make Light Work” – Eljah Minton

Why Public Art?

“Public art provides the challenge of new perspective… The creator confronts individuals with a new way to experience the world. He can show the world not only as it is but also as it can be. Public art empowers people with new outlook.”             – Scott Burkholder, Baltimore Love Project



Maplewood, NJ. – The Springfield Avenue Partnership (SAP) announced a call for artists for two public art murals for installations at the Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Memorial Library, located at 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood and Maplewood Fire Station #2 located at 249 Boyden Avenue, Maplewood, NJ

The SAM Public Art Initiative is one of many programs aimed at enriching and revitalizing Springfield Avenue. The focus of the mural project is to enhance the vibrancy of Springfield Avenue by offering the public an opportunity to encounter artistic expressions offering a new ways to experience the Springfield Avenue business district. “The community response to our mural program has been overwhelmingly positive and thanks to the generosity of our businesses and residents we are thrilled to have raised the funds allowing us to add 2 more murals this year,” stated Julie Doran, Manager of the Partnership.

A selection committee comprised of creative professionals, community members and representatives from the SAP will choose the finalists based on their mural proposals and the SAP will have final approval of mural designs. The artists chosen to paint the murals shall receive an honorarium of up to $2,000. The artists also will be reimbursed up to $750 for materials and supplies. See RFPs for details.

Interested artists can obtain the Library RFP here and the Fire Station RFP here and should plan to submit the required materials by Friday, April 12, 2019.

The SAP is the district management corporation of the Springfield Avenue Special Improvement District, a self-governed entity that funds itself primarily by a special tax assessment on commercial properties within the improvement district. The SAP’s vision is to create a stable, diverse, friendly commercial district that provides for the needs of the local community, draws strength from the municipal amenities on Springfield Avenue and brings new visitors into the district.

For more information please contact Springfield Avenue Partnership, District Manager, Julie Doran, at districtmanager@springfieldavenue.com or 973-763-6011.

        A LOOK AT OUR FIRST 3 INSTALLATIONS ON SPRINGFIELD AVE                                                 

“Many Hands Make Light Work” by Elijah Minton  – 1978 Springfield Avenue

“I Am Maplewood” by Michael David Adams and VIktorija Bowers Adams1883 Springfield Avenue

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Brian McGowan – 1859 Springfield Avenue
(Scheduled Completion: April 2019)


For more information please contact Springfield Avenue Partnership, District Manager, Julie Doran, at districtmanager@ or 973-763-6011.