Call for Muralists!


Attention Los Angeles Muralists! 

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) advances the art of muralism unique to Los Angeles by supporting the creation and preservation of murals throughout the City. DCA will establish a pre-qualified roster of muralists that can honor, challenge and propel the artform forward. This call is open to emerging, mid-career, and established artists and artist teams.


This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional muralists and muralist teams living in the following Southern California counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. Muralists working in any medium or style may apply. Emerging and mid-career muralists, mentor-apprentice teams, and those interested in expanding their studio practice into the public sphere are encouraged to apply. Emerging and mid-career are defined as applicants with limited mural production experience but whose work displays potential for large-scale application. Artists or artist teams on other DCA pre-qualified lists who have not yet received a commission are eligible to apply. Organizations and employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply. Teams selected through this RFQ must retain the same members as stated in their original application. Muralist teams may not change over the life of the roster, nor may they change during the span of a commissioned project. Applicants are encouraged to register on the City of Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN). If your organization has previously received commissions, grants or contracts from the City of Los Angeles, then you have already registered on BAVN. If you are a new applicant, go to to register to bid for a City of Los Angeles business commission, grant or contract. Technical support for BAVN may be requested by emailing


Strong applications will demonstrate: • Professional and technical capacity to plan, coordinate, and execute a mural project in collaboration with DCA staff, City representatives, contractors, and the general public; • Ability to respond to the built environment; • Respect and acknowledgment of a community’s social and/or historical context; and • Experimental or innovative approaches—media, methods, technology, or community engagement.


All applications must be submitted online via SlideRoom.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered. Any additional material included that is not requested by DCA will not be reviewed.


The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) manages the City of Los Angeles Public Art Programs. DCA supports the creativity of local artists by funding and partnering with the City’s arts and cultural communities. The City demonstrates an ongoing commitment to arts and culture through DCA’s ongoing activities, including community arts programming, cultural grants, marketing, public art, performing arts and venues, and youth arts and education programs, to stimulate and foster the creation of arts and cultural experiences throughout the diverse neighborhoods of LA.

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