The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Paint the Town/ Call for Entry

By Editorial Team on May 25, 2016

Deadline: Mon, 18 July 2016

Photo courtesy of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.
Photo courtesy of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.


Deadline: Monday, July 18, 2016


The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with Arts Brookfield, is excited to announce the second installment of Paint the Town, an initiative to promote more public art murals in downtown Bethesda. In an effort to beautify the area surrounding the Bethesda Metro, the mural project will focus on the plaza area and bus bay at 3 Bethesda Metro Center. The project area includes the overhang above the escalator, six substantial columns and a bench at the base of the escalator that stretches along the bus terminal sidewalk.

“We are excited to continue our endeavor to bring more public art murals to downtown Bethesda,” said Cathy Bernard, President of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, “We are thrilled to partner with Arts Brookfield on this project and look forward to making the Bethesda Metro Bus Bay a more colorful and welcoming area for commuters, visitors and residents.”

Artists are invited to submit an application, which includes a project rendering, for the chance to be selected to paint the mural. The dimensions of the site are as follows:

  • Overhang – 158′ L x 7.5′ H
  • Columns – 12′ H x 6.5′ C
  • Bench – 90′ L x 2′ W x 1.5′ H

$30,000 will be provided to the artist to pay for supplies and the artist’s time. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 18, 2016. Interested artists should visit for more information and for the application. The project must be completed by October 15, 2016.

The selected artist is required to use a paint specific to outdoor and concrete use such as Keim, SherKryl, NovaColor by Artex or Golden Artist Colors, etc. Artists must be 18 years of age or older and residents of Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.

“We are pleased to be a part of this project, and through it, introduce Bethesda and the DC region to our Arts Brookfield team,” said Richard Fernicola, Vice President of Development for Brookfield’s US Division. “This mural is just a sample of the world-class art and entertainment Arts Brookfield will bring to Bethesda Metro Center.”

The mission of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda. From award-winning theatre to independent films, downtown Bethesda’s Arts & Entertainment District is filled with inspiring artists and art venues. The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc., and is the producer of The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards, Bethesda Painting Awards, Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, Bethesda Film Fest and Play In A Day.

Established by Montgomery County in 1994, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) has grown from two full-time staff members to more than 35 employees working in maintenance, marketing, transportation management and administration. In its 22-year operation, BUP created Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS) in 2000, established the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District in 2002, took over management of the Bethesda Circulator in 2006, and opened Gallery B in 2011 and Studio B in 2014. For a closer look, please visit

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. Americans for the Arts named Brookfield one of the ten Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America in 2014. Brookfield is one of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies, with over $65 billion in total assets. Locally, Brookfield owns 29 properties in the Washington, DC region, including seven buildings in Montgomery County. In Bethesda, Brookfield owns the three buildings of Bethesda Crescent and 3 Bethesda Metro Center. In Silver Spring, Brookfield owns three buildings at the Silver Spring Metro Plaza.