Beginning with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Community Engagement through the Arts program, Meridian sent mural artists from the U.S. to 9 countries abroad in less than 3 years. The artists collaborated with communities to address local issues through workshops and substantive dialogue that led to a total of 30 public artworks.
The program design uses the mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved community members, while addressing local issues such as women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, social inclusion, regional stability, and the environment. Collaboration with a specific core group of participants allows for a targeted and in-depth understanding of the mural's theme, which is in turn visible to the wider public. The traveling U.S. artist also leads and participates in workshops, public speaking events, and other outreach activities that empower and equip the local community with the skills and drive to make a difference.
While Meridian does not necessarily have any mural opportunities at this time, if you are interested in joining our pool of applicants, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Cover letter – expressing interest and detailing relevant arts education and international experience, specifically in working with communities to create public art based around themes of local and international concern
• Resume – including spoken languages (if any)
• Work samples from previous community engagement projects