The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership has received a $2,735 grant from the Ohio Arts Council for the installation of a mural on a retaining wall at the former site of the Mahoningside Power Plant.
The site is near the intersection of Summit and Mahoning avenues. TNP will use the grant toward the stipend for the project, which will award a total of $6,000 to the winning artist, selected through a public process. The Ohio Arts Council made the announcement of funding.
“This grant allows us to commission a local artist to install a mural on this site, using a public-selection process which will allow our community to help us choose the mural,” said Lisa Ramsey, development director at TNP. The wall sits in the middle of the vacant lot at the former power plant and measures 11 feet tall by 100 feet wide.
“Warren’s Resident Advisory Committee has identified the development of the former Mahoningside site as a part of its ‘10-point plan’. While a mural alone certainly doesn’t achieve that, it certainly helps bring attention to the site, as well as providing some much needed aesthetic improvement,” added TNP executive director Matt Martin.
The TNP has announced a “Call to Artists” for the project; the winning submission’s artist will earn a $6,000 stipend. Artists are invited to submit up to three scaled renderings (11 x 100) of their proposal for the mural to TNP by July 31. Entries can be mailed or hand delivered by appointment to 170 North Park Ave., or submitted electronically to email@example.com.
The theme of the mural is open but artists are encouraged to explore notions of civic and community pride. The public will have the opportunity to vote on submissions in a gallery opening format at the Trumbull Art Gallery in August, as well as online voting. The public selection will be jury protected by a panel made up of Mayor Doug Franklin as well as representatives from TNP and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County.
For information about the Mahoningside mural project, call 330-599-9275.