Call to Muralists: Bethesda’s Triangle Towers Project

By Editorial Team on July 31, 2018
Photo courtesy of Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.
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Deadline: September 1, 2018
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The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with Southern Management and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, announces another installment of “Paint the Town,” an initiative to promote and create more public art murals in downtown Bethesda. In the continued effort to beautify Bethesda, this project will focus on the large Norfolk Avenue facade of the Triangle Towers apartment building at 4853 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda, MD. The wall designated for the public mural is approximately 70 feet wide and 100 feet tall.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to take ‘Paint the Town’ to the next level,” said Cathy Bernard, Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Board President, “Such a large-scale public art project will not only call attention to the artwork itself, but also enhance the Woodmont Triangle area of downtown Bethesda. We’re hoping that more projects like this will continue in our arts district.”

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is currently seeking proposals from mural artists who are 18 years of age or older and residents of Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia. Artists must have prior experience with the design and installation of large scale murals and are asked to submit a detailed, site-specific proposal for the Triangle Towers Mural.

A $50,000 stipend will be provided to the selected artist to pay for supplies and the artist’s time. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2018. The entire project must be completed by November 1, 2018. Interested artists should visit www.bethesda.org for more information and the online application.

“We are very excited about the potential for artists to submit proposals that are worthy of this location,” said Ron Frank, Southern Management’s President and COO. “Giving back to the greater communities we serve is one of our company’s core values. While we have a number of scholarships and community engagement programs, we’re always looking to expand our impact and the Triangle Towers mural seems to be a perfect way to enhance our arts initiative as well as downtown Bethesda.”

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, Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) is a downtown management organization that markets and maintains downtown Bethesda. The BUP team works in marketing, maintenance, transportation and administration to produce cultural events and community festivals and attend to landscaping and maintenance needs. BUP also manages Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, and the Bethesda Circulator as well as the non-profit art spaces, Gallery B and Studio B. For a closer look, please visit www.bethesda.org.

Southern Management Corporation is the largest privately-owned residential property management company in the Mid-Atlantic region. The company owns and manages 77 apartment home communities comprising more than 25,000 apartment homes throughout the Baltimore-Washington region. In Bethesda, Southern Management owns both Triangle Towers and the Palisades of Bethesda. Southern Management also owns and manages six commercial properties, three hotels and conference centers and a ski resort. For more information about Southern Management, visit www.southernmanagement.com.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency empowered by the State of Maryland in 1927 to acquire, develop, maintain and administer a regional system of parks within Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and to provide land use planning for the physical development of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. In addition, the agency gained responsibility for the public recreation program in Prince George’s County in 1970 and administers a park system of more than 52,000 acres. For more information, visit www.mncppc.org.