Just Us: Call For Mural Proposals

Requesting mural proposals in support and recognition of Black lives and the rights of Indigenous Peoples

Submit Your Proposal


Artwork by Que Rock. Photo: Lisa MacIntosh

The “Just Us” art call is a request for mural proposals in support and recognition of Black lives and the rights of Indigenous Peoples produced by StreetARToronto (StART) in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts and 7th Generation Image Makers.

The “Just Us” art call seeks mural concepts that create awareness surrounding social injustice, equity, race relations and community engagement. The mural proposals should speak to historic and current social issues and movements within Black and Indigenous communities, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing. An Advisory Panel will select up to 10 projects to receive up to $3,000 toward the creation of their mural.

The City of Toronto is seeking submissions from street, mural and graffiti artists or artist collectives who have access to a wall exposed to city streets with written authorization from the property owner granting the artist permission to paint their mural concept on the wall. The artwork should speak to past and current injustice against the Black community, and the importance, benefits and opportunities to build a better future through inclusion, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Nia Centre, along with 7th Generation Image Makers and an Advisory Panel composed of at minimum: two representatives from each community with an arts, equity and inclusion background, and one StART staff, who will review and select up to 10 concepts to receive funding of up to $3000 toward the installation of their mural. All projects must be located in Toronto.


Artwork by Jaz9 (Jasmine Dearden). Photo: Lisa MacIntosh

Submissions guidelines below:


  • Artist applicants must reside in the City of Toronto.
  • Artist applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • City of Toronto employees are not eligible to apply


Applications will be accepted online via Submittable, and must include the following support materials:

  • An up to one page single-sided CV, resume or Statement of Work that highlights your qualifications that are most relevant to this call in your opinion.
  • An up to one-page single-sided Concept Description to briefly explain and/or visualize:
    ◦  “Just Us” concept/theme your mural will feature and/or how your concept connects to the “Just Us” theme
    ◦  Mural installation target dates and budget – note that the installation timeline is dependent on COVID-19 conditions and subject to the direction of the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health guidelines.
    ◦  Property Owner name and signature indicating property owner’s approval of your concept
  • Signed Property Owner Permission Form
  • Three (3) images of the wall – one showing the overall street context in which the wall is situated, one photo of the complete wall at a 90 degree angle, and a close-up of one section of the wall to give a clear sense of substrate material.
  • Three (3) images of your past most relevant work, labelled with the date, title (if it has one), location and medium).

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Follow the instructions here to submit the full application via Submittable.

About StreetARToronto


StreetARToronto (‘StART’) projects are rooted in a set of values that demonstrate the positive and powerful impacts of diversity and inclusion, foster community engagement and civic pride, add colour and vitality to neighbourhoods, encourage active transportation, showcase Toronto artists and contribute to their skills development, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business owners and operators, artists and arts organizations.

About NIA Centre for the Arts

Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based non-profit dedicated to promoting, showcasing and preserving Afro-diasporic art. Since 2009, Nia Centre has created meaningful cultural, artistic experiences rooting in Black traditions. In 2020, the Centre launched construction to transform their facility into Canada’s first professional multidisciplinary Black arts centre.

About 7th Generation Image Makers

7th Generation Image Makers is a dynamic, youth-led Aboriginal community arts program operating within Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Since 1995 we have provided quality and accessible art and media-based programming in a culturally supportive and safe environment to Toronto-based youth and youth-at-risk. We work to create opportunities for professional arts training including ongoing accessible and quality fine art instruction taught by professional contemporary Native artists, mentors, and Elders.

Our team of trained practicing artists and professionals has created substantial opportunities for youth artists through community partnerships and public art commissions. Exciting works by our artists can be seen at the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Aboriginal Voices Radio, McLaren Art Gallery, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the University of Toronto, Native Men’s Residence & Monarch Park Collegiate.

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