Calling All Artists: Fire Station Mural Project Aims to Celebrate the Spirit of the South Side
The firefighters of Madison’s Fire Station 6 on West Badger Road are looking to beautify the station with original works by a local artist using repurposed station materials.
Two wooden boards once used to display maps inside the station are ready for a new life. Fire Station 6 invites local artists to submit their vision for a community mural, using one of these repurposed boards, to depict the diversity of Madison’s south side and/or to draw from the theme “Unity through Community.”
About Fire Station 6
Fire Station 6 is proud to be a part of Madison’s south side neighborhoods, serving from W. Badger Road. Four firefighter/EMTs and two firefighter/paramedics staff the station 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The crews at Station 6 have been longtime supporters of the Southside Raiders football team, and Ladder 6 dons the team's emblem on the side of their fire truck. Members of Sable Flames, the non-profit association of Black MFD firefighters, provide volunteer EMT services at Raiders football games. Additionally, Ladder 6 is a yearly participant in the annual Juneteenth parade. The firefighters routinely volunteer their time at the Urban League of Greater Madison and serve dinners at the Catholic Multicultural Center.
Station 6 is excited to connect with local artists to celebrate the spirit of the south side.
How to Participate
The participating artist(s) must be based in Madison, WI, and will be compensated $500 through private funds, plus the cost of materials. Using one of the repurposed wooden boards as canvases, the artist is invited to create original work depicting the rich and vibrant diversity of Madison’s south side and/or building upon the theme “Unity through Community.” Board/Canvas dimensions are:
- 77” x 122”
- 80” x 80”
Submissions will be accepted through Friday, August 21, 2020. Email proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include:
- Artist’s name and contact information
- Written description of the proposed mural design(s)
- OPTIONAL: Rough sketch or depiction of proposed mural design(s). We may ask for a rough sketch upon reviewing the written descriptions.