Walnut Beach: Call for Artists!

Project Overview:

The Walnut Beach neighborhood has been a developing Arts & Business District for many years. While the businesses and area artists continue to embody the creative drive of this neighborhood and flourish, there are still opportunities for new ideas, beautification, and transformation. We all see the potential for the arts to be a transformative force to further the efforts of these businesses, artists and neighbors who continue to work hard and make big things happen for the betterment of our entire community.

The WABABA (Walnut Beach Arts & Business Association), WBA (Walnut Beach Association), and MAC (Milford Arts Council & the MAC’s Firehouse Gallery) have partnered to provide the funding for a unique beatification project/mural situated at the heart of the business district near the corner of Broadway and Naugatuck (map link).

Project Goal:

This mural aims to connect the businesses on Broadway and Naugatuck, near their intersection, inviting visitors to stroll and linger, while enjoying all aspects of the area. It will also provide a major improvement to the visual impact of the neighborhood to the surrounding businesses and visitors. This neighborhood has a rich history as a tourism and resort destination from the 1910’s-1950’s complete with amusement park, dance hall pier and trolley system. Now, the Walnut Beach neighborhood is host to eclectic storefronts, free concerts and farmer’s markets at the beach, street parties, festivals and a “can-do” community who want their neighborhood to thrive.

Submission Details and Deadline:

  • Site has been power-washed and primed for the artist.
  • Artists should submit full-color representation - to scale - of proposed design/image for the site as defined in the photographs.
  • Artists may work collaboratively in complementary (paint and mosaic, for example), or in partnership with similar mediums, however, the creatives will be responsible in splitting the award.
  • Please include materials, sealant, tools, labor, and method of reaching the space (ie: lift rental, scaffolding, etc) as a detailed list and projected budget.
  • Please provide a narrative behind your design.
  • Please provide examples of like-work and references.  
  • Estimated schedule/time-line for work.

Anticipated Selection Schedule:

  • Online Submissions deadline, April 15th at 12 midnight
  • Submission packets should be emailed to: info@walnutbeachartsandbusiness.com
  • Selection Committee review/questions to creatives, April 20th
  • Edits or answers due, April 27th at 12 midnight
  • Final Selection, May 1st (*latest)

Partner Information

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