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Oakwood Village Artist Call-Out

Street Art 2020 Proposal


June 22, 2020

Submit your proposal today!

Oakwood Village neighbourhood is open for artist proposals to make their mark in Little Jamaica.

The Oakwood Village BIA has been awarded a City of Toronto Street Art grant to repaint the 3 benches located on the Vaughan and Oakwood traffic island and adjacent commercial lot.

They are inviting artists to forward proposals for re-painting the two benches on the Vaughan and Oakwood Traffic Island and the one concrete bench on the adjacent pavement.


To paint the 3 concrete public benches on the Vaughan and Oakwood traffic island, and the adjacent commercial lot.

They’re inspiration is to improve the ambiance of the island and create a more welcoming space in the neighbourhood. The proposed theme should be modern, eye-catching and bold in design using high contrast colours.

Site specifications and Budget

There are three concrete benches with ageing paint. The benches vary in length from 6’ – 20’ and are approximately 3’ off the ground and 2’ wide. The maximum budget for the project is $5000. Up to $300 will be allocated by the BIA.


  • Deliver the final product on time and within budget
  • Participation in the community engagement process, as required
  • Include a participatory component for neighbourhood youth (worksite prep, priming etc.)
  • Adhere to City of Toronto policies and guidelines
  • Provide personal and workplace safety insurance, and adherence to safety standards
  • Purchase and supply of all materials and hardware required (as per budget)
  • Maintain and clean up project site during and after the work execution
  • Regular communication with the BIA representative during the project period
  • Participate in public launch event
  • Maintain the mural for 5 years


  • Submit detailed work plan within 2 weeks of appointment
  • Contribute to the community engagement process (identify areas of feedback)
  • Provide up to 3 concept drawings / renderings for review
  • Completion of final project on all 3 benches
  • Provide mural colour codes in the event of future or significant updates required
  • Include City of Toronto and BIA logos as per approved location (by City staff)
  • Apply final anti graffiti / varathane coating for graffiti management

Proposal requirements

  1. Letter of intent: articulate interest and approach to the project, demonstrate understanding of the neighbourhood.
  2. Artistic concept: present design concept identifying proposed theme, medium and style. Include graphic representation for all three benches.
  3. Include ideas for community engagement keeping COVID in mind
  4. Portfolio and resume: be sure to include projects of similar size and scope. If it is a collaborative piece include all artists.
  5. Commitment of personal insurance, and any certifications (working at heights not required for this project).
  6. Budget: present a detailed breakdown of all costs including art work, supplies and preparation.

Selection process

Previous experience with art projects of similar size and scope 15%
Artistic merit 20%
Proposed concept 25%
Sound budget and proven track record of delivery 20%
Demonstrates understanding of or connection to the neighbourhood 10%
Quality and clarity of proposal presentation 10%
The selection process may include an interview, at the discretion of the Board.

Project Time frames

  • Deadline for Submissions: June 22
  • Artist Selection: week of July 6th
  • Community Engagement: tbd
  • Presentation of concepts drawings: tbd
  • Mural Installation: tbd
  • Unveiling: Sept / October
  • Reproduction rights The Oakwood Village BIA will have irrevocable license to reproduce images of the artwork for promotional purposes.

How to apply

The due date for applications is: June 22, 2020.

Applications should be submitted by email in 1 or 2 pdf file attachments. (The Portfolio can be presented in a second file.)

Email coordinator@oakwoodvillage.ca with your name and ‘2020 Street Art Proposal’ the subject line.

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