Do you have an idea for a new mural? Submit your design to ColorBlock …

The ColorBlock mural project kicked off last year with five new murals in downtown Eau Claire. This year, Sculpture Tour of Eau Claire and ColorBlock will select 10 final designs to beautify the 600 block of South Barstow Street and Graham Avenue.

ColorBlock will be causing a stir downtown with its second annual wall project, which is now open for submissions until June 1. This year’s theme – “Progress” – aligns with ColorBlock’s goal of “inspiring the visual arts” as well as “revitalizing and re-energizing downtown neighborhoods in need of love,” according to the website.

“We want to provide a prompt that is relevant and thought-provoking,” said organizer Kelsey Wenberg, “and open enough to encourage many different interpretations and artistic styles.”

Applications must include a completed artist application (which you can find at, color sketches of up to three different wall designs (original or JPEG files), up to three examples of previous original work, and an artist statement that describes how your work encapsulates the ‘Progress’ theme.

Drawings will be chosen by June 20, and painting on the walls will begin August 1. The murals are expected to be completed by August 15. Basic materials – including paint, paint trays, brushes, drop cloths and ladders – will be provided.

“We are very happy to bring more public sculptures and murals to our community,” said Wenberg.

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