Salt Lake City is calling on local artists, designers and community members to help create a Black Lives Matter mural at the entrance to City Hall. The City will outline the words “Black Lives Matter” directly off the east steps of the City and County Building and a committee will select design entries to fill each of the letters in the coming weeks.
“We want to make it clear that Salt Lake City believes Black Lives Matter and is committed to real change in our community. We’re taking this symbolic step as a city to boldly acknowledge this movement and commit to our role in it,” Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said. “An important part of this for us is creating a space where artists and community members are able to come together to express their feelings on this movement.”
"Black Lives Matter Utah is very excited about this mural. This mural is a symbol of how this country is changing, and coming to understand the movement,” said Lex Scott, Founder of Black Lives Matter Utah. “We have been in these streets working towards justice and equality for 6 years. Now we get a visual representation of our work and goals to truly achieve justice in this country."
Applicants are able to submit their designs beginning today at www.slc.gov/slcmural.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, after which a committee will select eight entrants to fill two letters, each. Selected artists will be given a stipend of $300 to obtain supplies to complete their work.
The committee to determine which designs will be painted includes Mendenhall and Scott, along with Salt Lake City Councilmember Ana Valdemoros and Creative Director Chris Owens.
This painting is legally considered “government speech” and in creating it, the city is not also creating a public forum for other messages. While the mural will be temporary due to materials, weather, and fading, the city plans to document it digitally for preservation.
Wednesday, July 8: Submission window open for design entries
Wednesday, July 15: Submission window for entries closes at 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 16: Entries chosen by SLC Mural Committee
Painting date TBD