“This project was created in response to two needs of the community,” said Suzanne Gray, director of cultural arts for the city. âCOVID-19 has not only affected business results, but the mental health of many people as well. Nationally, suicide rates have peaked in 30 years. Grants from Fort Bend County became available and the city saw an opportunity to pair support for our businesses, the creative sector and mental health through this project. “
The invitation to artists to submit their proposals will last until July 9, with selected artists being notified before July 16. If selected, artists will receive a city box to paint and deliver to the city by August 30 and an honorarium of $ 500. . A committee will select the artists, who will paint each of the boxes to display in various locations, who will also be selected by the committee throughout Sugar Land. At this point, the project will produce a minimum of five boxes, which city officials say will be designed to spread information across Sugar Land in the hope of reaching people when needed.
âIt’s a unique approach, but one that matches the interest expressed by the residents of Sugar Land in public art to beautify the city,â Gray said. âThis project allows us to provide that while making mental health materials readily available to everyone. “
City authorities encourage professional artists and hobbyists to apply, noting that the scope of the invitation is limited to local and regional artists defined by city authorities as living or working within a 70 mile radius of Sugar Land. Additionally, artists can apply for more than one commission, but cannot apply as a team.
To apply, artists must submit a letter of interest not exceeding 500 words. Artists can submit up to five different design concepts for review. In addition, artists must submit a list of materials needed, a sketch of their design, and examples of their previous work. All submissions must be provided to the city digitally.
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