Youth Services Mural: A Call for Artists

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is seeking proposals from artists with experience with murals and/or large-scale painting projects.

The mural will be painted in the Children’s area of the library’s Youth Services Department and should act as a source of welcome and inspiration for those who enter. Mural proposals will be considered upon submission and should be emailed or brought to the Youth Services Department on or before November 15.

Timeless, bright, and cheerful interpretations are encouraged. We would like this mural to be relatable for years to come — much like a good book that you read as a child and are now sharing with your own family before bed.

The mural will be in the primary area, as shown below, and ideally, extend into the secondary area as far as is appropriate to the design. Walls are painted plaster. The dimensions are: primary area – approximately 90” high and 110” wide; secondary area (curved wall) – approximately 72” high and 156” wide. The mural is located above our playspace so the images, themes, and characters should be youthful and appealing to families with young children.

Please submit all of the following:

  • Full contact information
  • Brief cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Description & sketch(es) of proposed mural
  • Examples of painting/artistic experience
  • Anticipated all-in cost

Proposals will be selected based on:

  • How well the sketch, concept description, and creative vision meets the above criteria of being timeless, inspiring and welcoming
  • Feasibility of project completion
  • Quality of prior work


Open to artists of all ages. Individual artists and groups welcome to apply. Applicants may submit multiple designs.

Please send or deliver entries by November 15 to:

James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main Street, Branford, CT 06405, ATTN: Carly Lemire

Questions? Contact Carly Lemire at 203-488-1441 x 321, or