Open Call

2024 Mural Artist Open Call

Partnership with Lehigh Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance, Lehigh Valley Children's Centers, and Da Vinci Science Center

Proposals Due November 6, 2023

The Mural Artist will collaborate with Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers (LVCC) students to create, design and execute a mural project that celebrates the convergence of STEM education with the arts to be installed at the all-new Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, PA.

The LVCC student population is composed of 300 preschool and K-8 young people from across the Lehigh Valley region.



Project Details 

Mural wall dimension 16’h X 24’w 16’h x 16’w location 800 block of Hamilton Street Allentown, PA.

Proposed location of mural (outlined in bright pink)


The Project budget for the Da Vinci Science Center – Lehigh Valley Children’s Centers is $24,000 paid by LVACA in three equal installments at the inception, mid-point and completion of the project. The amount is inclusive of all supplies, rentals and insurances. Contract terms will be forthcoming to the artist selected for the project.



Oct 6 – Nov 6:  Artist Call Window Open

Dec 1 – Dec 15:  Finalists Announced

Dec 18:  Mural Artist Announced

Jan 8:  Beginning of Phase 1

Jan 29:  Beginning Phase 2

Feb 19:  Organizational and Municipal Vetting

Mar 4:  Painting Begins

Mar 11 – 18:  Community Days

Mar 25:  Painting Completed

Apr 1:  Mural Installation

Project Timeline

Phase 1:  Theme Development

  • Artist to create worksheets which will determine creative elements of the mural design.

  • All students across LVCC will participate in completing Phase 1 worksheet.

  • Worksheets returned to the mural artist and synthesized into a Phase 2 worksheet.

Phase 2:  Element Development

  • Artist to create a Phase 2 worksheet which will help determine creative elements of the final mural design.

  • All students across LVCC will participate in completing Phase 2 worksheet.

  • Worksheets will be returned to the artist and will help inform the initial draft[s] of the mural design.

Phase 3:  Mural Design

  • Artist to take the input from the worksheets to create the design which in turn will be vetted by the Da Vinci Center, LVCC, LVACA, municipal authorities and community members for final approval.

Phase 4:  Community Days

  • Artist will host 100-150 Students in small groups over a period of days to take part in hands-on engagement in the creation of the mural.

  • Students will be of school age to keep the process manageable.

  • Community Days will be hosted at either the former / future Da Vinci Center or at the Alliance Hall facility at LVCC.

  • LVCC will be responsible for all student transportation to the Community Days site and supervision of the students while participating in the event.

Artist Eligibility

Mural Artist Call is open to all artists with preference given to those who live and work in the Lehigh Valley. Artist must have their own transportation, insurance and all associated background checks and clearances to work with minors.

Artist will need an Assistant to install the final parachute cloth mural on the building.

Proposal Submission

Please submit a resume with professional experience, education, past mural design projects and specific parachute cloth execution and scissor lift experience.

Email all proposals to Deborah Rabinsky:

Proposals must be received by November 6, 2023

All questions should be submitted via email