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Dogwood Arts promotes and celebrates the art, culture and natural beauty of our region. Dogwood Arts has a 61 year legacy of arts advocacy, environmental stewardship, and economic impact in Knoxville. For ten years, Dogwood Arts has created a successful Art In Public Places program showcasing over 240 sculptures through downtown Knoxville. At Dogwood, we believe that public art beautifies our streetscapes, contributes to civic pride, and identifies Knoxville as a growing arts destination.
To further advance existing creative efforts in Strong Alley, we seek to connect artists with additional resources and opportunities to produce murals in the alleyway. Artists may apply for funding to cover supplies, equipment, and other needs related to the creation of new artwork.
Dogwood Arts will award $1,000 to artists who want to create new murals in Strong Alley. Up to 8 talented creatives will receive funding to complete murals by April 5, 2020.


  • Mural Application Available: January 16, 2020
  • Application Deadline: February 26, 2020
  • Application Review & Artist Selection: February 26-29, 2020
  • Mural sketch/rendering Deadline: March 8, 2020
  • Strong Alley Mural Installation: March 9 - April 5, 2020

Application Recommendations: Complete the online application and upload 3-5 artwork samples that reflect your design aesthetic and ability to create a large scale mural. Do not submit mural designs for the alley - only submit completed artworks. If you collaborated on one of your artwork samples, please credit your amazing team in the artist statement. Artists must apply by February 26, 2020 at 11:59 EST.  
Artist Stipends & Funding Guideline:  After the initial qualifications & artwork sample submissions are reviewed by our committee, up to 8 artists will be selected to receive $500-$1,000 stipends to create a new murals in Strong Alley. Artists will then submit a sketch, rendering or design proposal for final review. Artists should limit content related to politics, violence, lewdness, logos, copyright images, cartoon characters, etc. The funding stipend covers all costs related to the completion of a single mural for the alley. This may include artwork conception, design edits, art supplies, various installation materials, equipment rentals, and onsite production time.

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