Request for Proposals (RFP)

Call to Arts Organizations for Proposals

The purpose of this call for proposal is to invite arts-based organizations with expertise in public participatory mural making to submit proposals to manage the mural making component of NYC MAP.


NYC MAP started in 2016 and is modeled after the Philadelphia Mural Arts, Porch Light project. NYC MAP is a community-driven, place-based initiative that brings together mental health consumers (individuals receiving behavioral health treatment and/or recovery services at community based organizations/clinics), behavioral health organizations, families, friends, and the broader community to produce high-quality public murals. Artists and mental health consumers work together to dialogue and educate about mental illness and its perceptions by building interpersonal ties and social networks with the aim to reduce stigma, improve community cohesion, and transform the built environment.


NYC MAP engages with different behavioral health organizations for each mural. For the upcoming fiscal year (July 1 2017 – June 30, 2018), we have partnered with Community Access (1750 Davidson Ave Bronx, NY 10453), Acacia Network (915 Westchester Ave Bronx, NY 10459), and Services for the Underserved (1125 Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11238).


Minimum Qualifications:

The managing organization must demonstrate the following:

  • 5 years of experience managing the execution and installation of community murals and public art installations.
  • Demonstrated ability utilizing creative and arts-based practices to support mental health of diverse communities and/or traditionally marginalized groups.
  • Demonstrated ability managing multiple artists working on diverse projects that are unified under broader and long-term community-building goals.


Team members must demonstrate the following:

  • Experience working with mental health professionals and/or adult mental health consumers in an arts-based setting.
  • Experience developing and/or collaborating on curriculums that utilize arts-based practices to support mental health outcomes of project participants.
  • Experience incorporating arts-based and/or mental health themes into broader public events.


For the application and full details, please see the attached RFP document:


This proposal due date is October 20, 2017 at 5pm EST. Proposals should be sent to [email protected] Proposals received after the deadline may be disqualified from funding consideration.