Montague Seeks Muralist for the Shea Theater

Application deadline is at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Town of Montague seeks an experienced muralist to paint a 3,000 square foot mural on a wall of the Shea Theater Arts Center, located at 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The mural will function as a gateway, with the goal of instantly branding the village as a creative community and encouraging residents and visitors and enjoy local retail shops, restaurants, and the art scene.

The Town is working with Common Wealth Murals (CWM) to assist with this project. CWM is a mural management nonprofit that partners with professional muralists and communities to create public art which reflects the hopes, histories, and heroes of their neighborhoods.

A mural steering group is comprised of Montague residents, business owners, and representatives from the Shea Theater, RiverCulture and the Montague Planning Department has been formed to provide oversight of this work. The steering group will assist with preparing the Artist Call/RFP, muralist selection process, public outreach and community engagement, and the review and approval of the final design. The muralist selection criteria will focus on previous work and experience, commitment to creating public art that reflects the community where the art is located, and increasing the diversity of artistic representation in Turners Falls.

The selected artist will be expected to create a mural design based on input from a community listening session and information provided by the steering group. The muralist will need to submit a to-scale, color concept sketch to the steering group for feedback and approval. Some sketch revisions based on feedback should be expected.

The selected muralist will receive an artist fee of $15,000. All paint, supplies, equipment, transportation, room and board will be provided. The mural is expected to be painted by September 2024.

To learn more and apply, please visit: Application deadline is at 11:59PM EST on Sunday, March 10, 2024.

For questions/comments, please contact RiverCulture Director Suzanne LoManto at or Montague Town Planner Maureen Pollock at