The Murals at Equality Park - Call to Artists




This endeavor represents a big, bold, creative arts project. We envision 2,900 square feet of new, creative public art—bold, emotive murals in the heart of Broward County. The mural designs will be printed directly onto Dibbon metallic panels and attached to the exteriors of 1,535 square feet of The Residences at Equality Park and 1,245 square feet of The Pride Center’s existing Schubert Building.
The murals will be highly visible from Dixie Highway, a busy urban corridor in the heart of Broward and the murals will also adorn the main Schubert Building of The Pride Center. Nine other organizations are headquartered and serve their clientele on the Equality Park campus. Currently, between 1,000 and 2,000 people utilize services on the campus daily, which serves as a vibrant, vital hub for the community—a welcoming, inclusive, popular, highly utilized public space for daily engagement and interaction among diverse peoples. Clients and visitors use the outdoor spaces on campus to enjoy lunch, meet a neighbor, host weddings, gather for candlelight vigils, throw parties, chat with a sponsor, memorialize a loved one and listen to live music. Every visitor will experience the arts in a visceral, visible way when they see these murals. Imagine the impact of these creative, transformative, unique, professional murals – not only for the new residents – but also for the thousands of community members who visit regularly!




The selected artist will be paid a stipend totaling $5,000 to execute the designing of The Murals at Equality Park. The budget must include artist’s designing fee and presentation expenses.


Candidates must be professional artists or designers as validated by your resume, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 or older. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.
Broward resident artists are strongly encouraged to apply.


May-June 2020 Collect Portfolios and Proposals from artists June 2020 Review selections and select winning artist July 2020 Commission mural images Receipt of final commissioned mural images from chosen artist August 2020 Map layout of murals Work with the printer on panels September 2020 Installation of murals Please contact Sophie Bonet, ArtServe Curator, to apply or if you have questions:


We are looking for a clean, vibrant design that celebrates inclusivity and diversity--and integrates elements representative of the South Florida LGBTQ+ community. The mural as public art should reflect Broward’s commitment as a welcoming and inclusive community, complement the character of the building and inspire social interaction.
We want artists to feel emboldened by the bustling, life-enhancing, prohealth, diverse work of the many organizations on this campus. We want them to use this inspiration to fuel their creativity. We seek a powerful, transformative, meaningful, bold design.
We will commission a series of 3-6 art pieces from the chosen artist. An artist might submit, for example, a vibrant abstract or pattern design that can be arranged together to create an evocative, emotive, attractive composition; a set of re-occurring images; or a cohesive mural with component parts.


ArtServe is calling professional and emerging adult artists to submit their digital portfolios and/or preliminary concepts for The Murals at Equality Park.
The Pride Center will collaborate with ArtServe in the review and selection of the chosen artist. Applicants should demonstrate through their submission materials that they have the skills and experience to successfully complete the project.


1. Portfolio with 5-10 samples of work. Include artworks that highlight skills in the execution of public art with a focus on digital work. Images must be formatted as separate high-resolution jpeg files. All artwork must be titled. Physical submissions of artwork will not be accepted.


Artists do not need to submit designs specific to the project, but rather works that emulate the concept and showcase the artist’s unique style. Once the winning artist is selected, they will work in collaboration with ArtServe and The Pride Center to create a final design. The final design must be delivered in digital format as the murals will be printed directly onto Dibbon metallic panels. These durable metal panels will be protected with UV Lamination.

2. Portfolio must include name of artist, title of work, year created, media type, size, and location of artwork and/or project, image number and any other special notes.
3. Artist’s bio and resume/vitae.



For more than 30 years and as one of the nation’s original arts incubators, ArtServe has been supporting South Florida artists and creatives of all backgrounds to ensure, amplify and facilitate their contributions to our vibrant arts ecosystem. Annually, more than 2,000 artists and dozens of nonprofit arts organizations benefit from ArtServe’s resources, including low- or no-cost workspace, professional development workshops, marketing support and so much more. Learn more at


The Residences at Equality Park will be 48 units of affordable, supportive housing for seniors, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ individuals. They will represent Florida’s very first affordable housing community with customized support services for LGBTQ+ seniors. Located just north of Fort Lauderdale in Wilton Manors at 2040 North Dixie Highway, The Residences will provide permanent affordable housing and on-site supportive services for lowincome senior adults living with disabling conditions – such as physical illnesses or disabilities due to complications from diseases including HIV/ AIDS – with a special focus on members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Residences, coupled with The Pride Center’s growing LGBTQ+ seniors’ programming – one of the largest of its kind nationwide – will give residents a permanent, safe place to live and customized, culturally proficient support services they need to age in place.


The Pride Center at Equality Park celebrates 27 years of service in 2020. The Center’s mission is to provide a welcoming, safe space--an inclusive home-that celebrates, nurtures and empowers the LGBTQ+ communities and our friends and neighbors in South Florida. Last year, more than 35,000 adult and youth attended activities at The Center. The Center hosts more than 65 regularly-meeting groups each month. Support, social and educational groups focus on seniors, people living with HIV/AIDS, people of transgender experience, communities of color, recovery, women, young adults, men, health, the arts, athletics, spirituality, games and more. Outreach activities over the past year directly impacted over 250,000 residents and visitors to South Florida. Between one and two thousand people utilize the campus daily. Every day. Learn more at:


Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Brogan Family Fund • Frederick W. Jaqua Fund Helen A. Chadwick Fund • Elizabeth Ryan Fund

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. 473 charitable Funds represent more than $212 million in assets, distributing $119 million in grants over the past 35 years. The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community
– and to BE BOLD.

Project Application

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  • Describe the conceptual basis for your practice and approach including how you envision approaching the project. Maximum length: 500 words.
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  • Include degrees held, a summary list of public art projects, exhibitions completed during the past ten (10) years, awards, catalogues, current gallery affiliations, grants/fellowships and experience in working with multiple agencies including public agencies. Maximum length: two (2) pages.
  • Include images of completed art works or projects (up to ten images). The suggested file size is 1920 pixels on the longest side submitted as a JPG.
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    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg.
  • Artist agrees that the final commissioned artwork will become the property of, and owned by The Pride Center and The Residencies at Equality Park upon completion. Artist(s) shall also agree to waive all proprietary rights to, and ownership of the visual works produced throughout the commission process.