Call for Artists

Call for ArtistsCommunity Engagement Mural
in the Northeast Community
at the Alston-Massenburg Center

Application Deadline: March 22, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST (NC)

Total Project Budget/Award: $10,000 ($8,000 with an additional supply budget of up to $2,000)

Key Dates

  • Call Start: March 4, 2024

  • Deadline: March 22, 2024

  • Notification Date: March 28, 2024

  • Anticipated Timeline (To Be Negotiated with Selected Artist): April-October 2024

Project Summary

In collaboration with the Northeast Community Coalition, the Wake Forest Public Art Commission (PAC) is accepting submissions from local NC artists for a community engagement mural to be located on the exterior of the Alston-Massenburg Center in Wake Forest, NC.

In addition, the selected artist will be highlighted on the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre social media accounts and in the Wake Forest PAC virtual tour of public art on the Town website and app.

Artists that have experience designing, fabricating, and installing projects with a similar budget and scope, as well as emerging artists, are encouraged to apply.

Submission Materials

Please submit a letter of interest answering the following:

  • Why would you like to apply for the AMC Mural Call for Artists?

  • Describe your ability to complete projects of a similar scope.

  • Describe your ability to work with government agencies, stakeholders, and community groups in the creation of site enhancements for a public art project.

Selection Process

A selection committee composed of members of the Wake Forest PAC, members of the Northeast Community Coalition, and other relevant parties will jury all submissions and select the winning artist who will enter a contract with the Town of Wake Forest.

The selected artist will be responsible for initiating the design of the artwork, engaging community feedback on design, and completing the artwork in conjunction with the community.

Selection criteria include the applicant’s proven ability to complete projects of a similar scope, artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials, and demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and stakeholders in the creation of site enhancements for a public art project. All submitted artwork must be original, wholly created by the artist.

The Wake Forest PAC reserves the right to reject any or all applications, and/or extend this call for additional applicants.

All artists will be notified of the decision by March 22, 2024.

Project Specifications

Theme: Public feedback has indicated a desire to reflect the themes of family and history.

Dimensions of Project Site (Circled in Yellow in Photo): Ramp area: 35.5 feet Step faces: 13 Feet (3 Steps)

Other Entry Requirements: To be eligible for this call, you must be accepted into our Pre-Qualified Artist Registry.

Submission Deadline: All entries must be completed in full and submitted to Debra Horton, Town Staff Liaison, by March 22, 2024.

Budget/Award: $10,000 ($8,000 with an additional supply budget of up to $2,000)


Additional Information

The Wake Forest Public Art Commission administers a collaborative process to invest public and private funds toward curating art that fosters a unique sense of place to strengthen economic development. This art enlivens public space, connects our community, and enriches a vibrant and engaging Wake Forest.

The Alston-Massenburg Center (AMC) is located at 416 N. Taylor St., at the southeast corner of North Taylor Street and East Juniper Avenue - across from Olive Branch Baptist Church. This land has served the Northeast Community in a variety of purposes since 1865. The site has been the location of a public school, a residential duplex, volunteer fire department, basketball court, and public swimming pool.

The building was named the Alston-Massenburg Center in honor of two of the community’s most upstanding citizens, Edward Alston and George Massenburg. Alston is remembered for serving his neighbors during his lifetime in the Northeast Community and as the Chief of Fire Station # 2.

Massenburg served the Town of Wake Forest as an electrician for 43 years and as a member of the fire department.

Taylor Street Park is a one-and-one-half acre park located at the corner of North Taylor Street and East Juniper Avenue. Situated adjacent to the AMC, the park provides outdoor space with swings, sandbox, X-wave, spiral slide, green areas, picnic shelter, and a sprayground.


Call for Artists
Renaissance Centre Specialist
Art Liaison