Montclair Center BID Awarded Transformation Grant, Will Commission “Love Montclair” Murals

Are you an artist who loves Montclair?

Montclair Center BID has received a Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey Program and will use the $25,000 grant award to infuse downtown Montclair with visual art, through the commission and installation of several murals within the district.

A public discussion will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6-8 pm at the Montclair Public Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue to discuss the BID’s ArtsConnect mural project and welcome comments from the community. Additionally, the BID will issue a request for mural proposals on Aug. 15, 2019. Details of the RFP, including requirements, available funding and specifications, will be available at the community meeting and through a link on The deadline for proposals will be Monday, Sept 16.

With the grant award, the Montclair Center BID will work to bring more art downtown with several commissioned murals located throughout the district. In the request for proposals, artists will be invited to submit works that reflect the theme, “Love Montclair,” and the rich traditions and dynamic qualities of the community.

“The Board unanimously voted to pursue this grant and we were delighted to learn we were awarded this funding by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs,” said Jason Gleason, chair of the Montclair Center BID. “We anticipate energizing our downtown district with even more of the renowned creativity and vibrancy of Montclair.”

MSNJ Transformation Grants are funding awards of $25,000 or less aimed at assisting projects such as storefront improvement, placemaking, and transformation strategies development that can be completed in six months or less.

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