Hoboken Commissions 2 New Murals

The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee has announced the launch of two new mural projects – one at Church Square Park and one at Tom Olivieri Park. The City of Hoboken and the Committee invites all artists to submit art proposals for the two projects. Read on to learn more about the Hoboken art initiative, how to apply as an artist, and more.

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The Themes of the Murals

The theme of the commission in Tom Olivieri Park will be “Play.” “The Committee is looking for age-appropriate ideas to adorn this park with an inviting and inspiring work of art for the children who use this park and the caregivers who accompany them,” the press release stated.

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The theme of the commission in Church Square Park will be “Frontline Workers: A Time for Hope and Renewal.” The committee envisions this mural to honor the frontline workers who have helped up our city through the pandemic. “The work can depict frontline workers figuratively or abstractly, with the theme of renewal and hope to be woven through the work, such as using a unifying design that includes flora and plant growth. References that tie the work specifically to COVID-19 and the pandemic are discouraged,” the press release stated.

How it Will Work

The committee invites interested artists to complete the applications by clicking the following links. Submission should include at a minimum, a letter of interest, fully rendered design, a CV, and photographic proof of a minimum of two previous similarly-scaled murals.

Selections will be based on relevance to the theme, quality of work, and proven experience with similar types and sized projects. The artists must reference previous public art experience.

Selected artists will receive a commission of $6,000 for the mural project in Tom Olivieri Park and a commission of $8,000 for the Mural Project in Church Square Park. Commissions include artist’s fees and materials for prep, painting of the mural, and topcoat. All submissions should be family-friendly.

Artists have up until July 19, 2021, to submit applications.

See here for the application for the Mural Project in Church Square Park and here for the application for the Mural Project in Tom Olivieri Park.

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“Our art-box mural project was a big hit last year, and we are glad to see the program expand to our two parks,” said Mayor Bhalla. “Thank you to the many artists who have painted the beautiful murals on Washington Street, along with the Arts Council for expanding this initiative to Church Square and Tom Olivieri Park.”

“The Arts Advisory Committee is very glad to see this project launch,” said Chris O’Connor, the Chair of the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee. “These initiatives will provide an opportunity to beautify and create interest in our local parks. We are eager to see submissions and hope many artists will apply.”

About The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee

The nine-member Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee, chaired by Chris O’Connor, was formed last year The City dedicates 1% of all city bond ordinances to fund the art projects recommended by the committee and approved by the Mayor and City Council.

The Committee is a group of local citizens–artists, merchants, organizational leaders, and public officials–working to bring innovative, interesting, and beautiful public art to the City of Hoboken. The purpose of The Arts Advisory Committee is to act as an advisory board to the Mayor and City administration relating to all questions involving public art and the City of Hoboken Art Program.

For inquires on the new mural project, email hobokenartcommittee@gmail.com.


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Victoria is HG's Associate Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Hoboken Historical Museum + Fire Department Museum. She is also a Board Member of LUPE Fund – a nonprofit by Latinas for Latinas. Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, trying new restaurants, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.


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