INFUSE DETROIT LAKES WITH COLOR!
With a generous grant from the Blandin Foundation and additional financial support from local donors, Project 412 is excited to announce Create DL, a partnership with the Historic Holmes Theatre that will spread public art across Detroit Lakes.
We are switching over to a new website design soon that will include a link to the art surprises, murals, and power utility boxes that were added to DL this summer. Until then, follow Project 412 MN on Facebook and Instagram to see all the new color in town.
Also, we will be doing another "Call for Artists" in late 2023 or early 2024. Watch this page and social media for more info and opportunities for artists!
The links below are still active so if you have a great idea for a mural for one of the locations listed below, please apply!
Our selection process is live!
We are committed to finding the right mural for each wall. As such, we will continue accepting submissions until we have matched each location to the right artist.
Artists will be paid for their work. We have allocated funds for each mural project depending on wall size and location. Please propose a fair budget for your work when you submit your design. Wall sizes vary and you may propose the full wall or a portion of the wall. Keep scrolling to see the walls!
Use the button below to submit your mural proposal. Completed applications will need design images, sample work, references, budgets, and other items. We recommend working in a different document until you are ready to submit.
The rolling deadline for submissions is every two weeks starting on May 15. We will be reviewing submissions on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a mural location has been matched with an artist, it will no longer be available. The longer you wait to submit your proposal, the less likely your desired mural location will be available.
Don't miss out on this opportunity and submit your proposal as soon as possible to secure your preferred location! We're excited to see your submissions!
Scroll through the gallery below or click here for a pdf of wall locations, project descriptions, and specs. We will be announcing two additional wall locations soon.
Our community nominated over 87 sites through our wall-call process. We selected these 10 based on feasibility, accessibility, and visibility. We're so grateful to the building owners who are excited about this project, too!!
With additional funding, we will add more projects to the Create DL initiative. In total, we hope to spread public art to all corners of our community.
Thriving communities across the country are making new investments in public art to grow their creative energy and attract more visitors to the community. Create DL will not only beautify the community, it will also add “Instagrammable” locations in areas of interest. As a region that depends on tourism, this investment will draw social media attention to Detroit Lakes, generating more “likes” and shared content from influencers visiting the area.
Public art investments increase creative energy in communities. Visitors exploring public art spend more money at local shops and restaurants. The added vibrancy also adds excitement that gets more residents thinking about their own businesses and creative projects. By spreading art across the city, Create DL will encourage residents and visitors to explore more pockets of our community, which will support economic development in more places.