Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee Launches Two New Mural Projects


Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee launches Two New Mural Art Projects

The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee is launching two additional mural projects at Church Square Park and at Tom Oliveri Park. The City of Hoboken, along with the committee, invite all artists to submit art proposals for these two projects.   

The theme of the commission in Tom Oliveri 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 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.

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

“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 Ravi S. 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 Oliveri 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.”

Selected artists will receive a commission of $6,000 for the mural project in Tom Oliveri 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.

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

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

Application for the Mural Project in Church Square Park: https://forms.gle/UEBLcKAhgYX6HQ6Z6

Application for the Mural Project in Tom Oliveri Park: https://forms.gle/5PFrLf4YdeSnoqqL8

The nine-member Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee, chaired by Chris O’Connor, was formed last year as a result of an Executive Order signed by Mayor Bhalla to help select and recommend art projects to beautify public spaces in the City of Hoboken. As a part of the executive order, 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.

About The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee

The Hoboken Arts Advisory 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.

The Committee endeavors to find public art that will bring enjoyment to both visitors and residents of Hoboken and enhance the visual environment of the city. A commitment to bringing art work that embraces and cele­brates the City’s rich culture and diversity which is paramount to the Committee’s work. The Committee believes the utility box project integrates arts and culture into the Mile Square and will help build community and promote economic vitality in a meaningful way.

For more information, guidelines, timeline, and addresses of utility boxes, please visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/muralproject.

If any questions: hobokenartcommittee@gmail.com