Artists Invited to Submit Qualifications for Outdoor Public Mural in Downtown Ellsworth, Maine

  • August 26, 2021

Heart of Ellsworth

Cara Romano, Executive Director

For Immediate Release: August 25, 2021

Artists Invited to Submit Qualifications for Outdoor Public Mural in Downtown Ellsworth, Maine

ELLSWORTH, Maine: Heart of Ellsworth (H of E) is continuing phase one of a downtown Ellsworth

outdoor public art mural and is inviting artists to submit qualifications through a Request for

Qualifications (RFQ) process. An RFQ has been posted at and

will remain open until October 4th when the application process closes. At that time applications will be

reviewed from the qualifying pool of applicants.

The site for the mural will be a brick building on the banks of the Union River and the selected artist will

work with the Heart of Ellsworth Mural Committee, community groups and volunteers to research

potential subjects. The selected artist will create renderings of 2- 3 options, which will be put out for

community input. The selection committee will select the final design.

Over the winter the selected artist will work with the H of E staff and committee to plan spring activities,

student involvement and the mural actualization process. Cara Romano, Heart of Ellsworth’s Executive

Director said, “Our ambition is that this project will kindle the community’s support for future public art,

leading to a richer cultural experience and economic development in downtown Ellsworth.” She

continued, “It is our intention to involve the community in not only the design, but also the actual

painting of the mural.”

The mural site was donated by Coastal Interiors and initial seed money was received from Maine

Community Foundation. Recent funding from the Maine Arts Commission will move the project toward

the next phase.The second phase includes subject research, community engagement, promotion and

fundraising. The third phase involves the actual painting of the mural and is scheduled in the spring/ fall

of 2022. Heart of Ellsworth is currently exploring all funding opportunities through grants and

community support.

On October 2nd and 3rd H of E will host the annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend. This year's

celebration will focus around fundraising and raising awareness of the Mural project. The public will be

invited to attend the outdoor event and a variety of activities will be offered.

Heart of Ellsworth welcomes community support for the project through volunteer and monetary

contributions. For more information, to donate or to express interest in volunteering for this project, visit

Photo Caption: If you're a muralist with a connection to Maine, apply to Heart of Ellsworth’s Downtown

Ellsworth Mural Project. An RFQ has been posted at and will

remain open until October 4th. Photo and Video Credit: Kyle Lamont of Good To Go Studios


The mission of Heart of Ellsworth is to promote economic, artistic, cultural, educational, historical and

environmental activities in the “Downtown” area to provide a vibrant community for all residents,

businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local government.



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