WHAT IS META?
2021 marks the 3rd annual semester of META.
The META Mural Residency is a unique experience for three professional artists, but new or first-time muralists in Charlotte, who want to learn the craft & techniques of mural making in a hands-on environment. During this 10-week residency, artists learn the ins & outs of developing murals with 5-weeks of classes diving into key topics lead by pro muralists. Moving into the field, our 3 artists will collectively design & lead a guided project working with community volunteers. The semester culminates in October with each artist painting their first individual mural on a prominent wall, adding more art, color & representation to the city of Charlotte.
META 2021 will create 4 or more new murals, while supporting local 20 artists & businesses.
10-week residency for local artists looking to expand into mural arts with
a heavy focus on civic engagement & community based public artwork.
5 weeks of classes with professional artists in:
History of Street Art
Contracts & Business of Art Making
Maintaining True Colors as an Artist
Application & Design:
Perspective on Creating
Collaboratively lead a community
mural, working with volunteers
in a ‘coloring-book’ style design.
Gain on-site experience in project management, guided proposal & budget drafting, and material problem-solving.
Selected artists will receive a $1,500 stipend.
Have a large-scale keystone mural
living on a prominent wall in Charlotte.
Partnering businesses get a high-quality professional-grade mural at no cost.
August - September: Classes with the Pros // Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays generally from 11am - 2pm.
September: Community Mural Project // Schedule will be decided based on artist's availability.
October: Individual Mural Development // Murals must be completed by October 30. Flexible schedule.
*additional hours outside of class will need to be used for ideating, sketching, practicing & collaborating.
ARTIST SELECTION CRITERIA
Three (3) artists will be selected by members of the 2021 META Team for the upcoming semester on the following criteria:
BEING A NEW MURALIST: Qualified applicants have painted two or less small-scale murals.
STRONG PORTFOLIO: Submit a portfolio of current work including, 3 images with a link(s) to a website and/or social page.
We invite & encourage working artists of ALL disciplines and career stages to apply.
ARTIST STATEMENT, RESUME, OR BIO: Select one of these to provide in the form below.
SHORT ANSWER RESPONSES: Provide a thoughtful response to the 3 application questions.
COMMUNITY REFERENCES: Provide 2 non-family references.
INTERVIEW RESPONSES: After applications have been reviewed the BTM team may conduct short interviews with the top candidates.
2021 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
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2021 team to be announced soon
While META is a resource for artists to learn & expand their crafts, it also benefits the Charlotte community by making the Arts more accessible. From business partners who provide a canvas for an artist's voice to volunteers who have a chance to paint beside their neighbors, murals and the arts provide a platform to further a conversation, connect with others and build a stronger community together.
Who help make this possible.