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Hastings Arts and Culture Commission / City of Hastings, MN

Mural Celebrating Hastings (RFP)

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: RFP / RFQs
Public Art

Deadline: 09/01/2024

Other Criteria:
No entry fee required
Open to artists nationally
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity (Submitted applications will be judged on a competitive basis from which 3 finalists will receive a stipend of $1,000 to submit full proposals.)


RFP: Mural Celebrating Hastings, MN Hastings Civic Arena

Seeking Midwest artist/s to design and create an engaging, dynamic and welcoming mural celebrating Hastings and Hastings hockey history.

No fees to submit project proposals.

The Hastings Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Hastings invites artists to submit proposals and qualifications for a mural to welcome people into our historic river town and to celebrate the athletic history tied to our community. The Hastings Civic Arena houses athletic and cultural events all season long and is a landmark on the south end of town. In January 2026, the city of Hastings will host Hockey Day Minnesota, and this mural will be in the center of the action.

To create a welcoming and vibrant introduction to the City of Hastings and the Hastings Civic Arena.

The mural will occupy the southwest wall of the Hastings Civic Arena, facing Hwy 61 and serve as a visual landmark and welcome to our community.

We are looking for the scope to fall into the range of $40,000-$60,000 and be inclusive of design, fabrication, materials, artwork transportation, special handling fees (if any), materials needed for installation, photographic records and documentation. The artist will install the artwork with the City of Hastings staff cooperation and assistance.

The mural must be rendered onto a material that can be attached to the exterior surface of the building. The building consists of concrete fins that are completely unsuitable for painting, and for clean visual communication.
Proposed materials must be durable/maintenance free and able to withstand the outdoor location.
Finished artwork must be permanent and designed to last in the elements.
Mural should be readable and visible by motor vehicles passing on Hwy 61.
The design should be suitable/acceptable for public viewing by all ages and can not include any branding.
The design MUST prominently include “Welcome to Hastings” or similar message and also include “Hastings Civic Arena”
The system to attach the mural substructure to the wall must be included in final designs, and idea of this is helpful within the preliminary designs.

The wall on the Hastings Civic Arena is quite large (approximately 200’ x 24’). The mural does not need to encompass the whole wall, but placement of mural on the wall must be taken into consideration within the designs. Artist/s will work with City of Hastings staff to ensure adherence to safety codes and engineering requirements.

To receive an attachment that includes architectural dimensions and a photograph of the building, please email

We strongly encourage applicants to visit the building at 2801 Redwing Boulevard, Hastings, MN 55033.

Design will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Welcoming nature of the design Incorporation of theme,
Design aesthetic,
Installation of artwork on the side of the building Strength of past work samples,
Must be willing to sign an artist project agreement
The Hastings Arts & Culture Commission will convene to select the proposals and present them to the Parks Department and then to the City Council and Mayor for final approval.

Artist interested in creating public artwork must submit the following for consideration:

Artist Statement including comments on process Project proposal
Resume (two pages max) Biography – max 300 words
Examples of relevant artwork (10 images max)
Descriptive sample list adding context to work samples (two pages max)

Submitted applications will be judged on a competitive basis from which 3 finalists will receive a stipend of $1000 to submit full proposals.

Deadline for Entries: Received by 11:59 pm September 1, 2024 Finalists notified by September 23, 2024
Finalists submit full proposals by October 25, 2024 Selected artist notified by November 11, 2024
Expected Installation date: Before November 1, 2025

Please send submissions to:
Hastings Arts & Culture Commission


Hastings Arts & Culture Commission
c/o City of Hastings
101 4th Street East Hastings, MN 55033