Cultivate Creativity: Bringing Public Art to Caro

Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas. Public art is freely accessible.  American cities and towns aspire to be places where people want to live and want to visit. Having a particular community identity, especially in terms of what our towns look like, is becoming even more important in a world where everyplace tends to looks like everyplace else. Places with strong public art expressions break the trend of blandness and sameness, and give communities a stronger sense of place and identity. When we think about memorable places, we think about their icons – consider the St. Louis Arch, the totem poles of Vancouver, the heads at Easter Island. All of these were the work of creative people who captured the spirit and atmosphere of their cultural milieu. Absent public art, we would be absent our human identities.

The Caro community is a wonderful small city with so many spaces just waiting for gorgeous public art. Whether you can paint, host, or admire, we would love for you to take part in our project.

Call for Artists

Update: applications for 2024 closed on May 15. The public art committee will meet soon to match artists to hosts. If you did not get to apply, please watch for our 2025 project early next year.

We are looking for artists to contribute the following:

- Large scale murals painted on full walls (up to $7,000 stipend)
- Pieces of smaller painted spot art (up to $1,750 stipend)
 
Please note that final stipend will be based on size of wall selected for each mural; the above estimates are given to give artist a rough idea of our project budget but are subject to change based on interest and size of walls submitted by property owners.
 
Our Cultivate Creativity  Committee will review all artist and property applications and determine the best fit for our projects in 2024. Compensation will be provided to selected artists for time, supplies, and services rendered.
 
Selected artists must complete their murals by September 30, 2024.

Call for Hosts

Update: applications for 2024 closed on May 15. The public art committee will meet soon to match artists to hosts. If you did not get to apply, please watch for our 2025 project early next year.

If you are located within the Caro community, you are eligible to apply to have a mural painted on your building as part of the Cultivate Creativity project!

The committee reviews location applications on size, condition, material, visibility, and proximity to other murals. All property owners that are selected must give final written approval of the design by the artist we select. If our chosen artist doesn't vibe with your vision, you can always postpone until next year!