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Wanted: Artist to help Tallahassee Animal Services liven up the shelter grounds with a colorful, playful, and exciting mural that celebrates our community’s love for companion animals!

Application Deadline: April 30, 2023

Installation Completion: By June 10, 2023

Project Description

The Animal Services Advisory Board in partnership with the Animal Shelter Foundation is seeking artist proposals for a mural to be placed on an outbuilding on the grounds the Animal Service Center located at 1125 Easterwood Drive in Tom Brown Park.


  • Showcase companion animals in the community and highlight the adoption services provided at the shelter.
  • Bring the community together and serve as a point of pride for shelter staff and volunteers.
  • Improve the appearance of shelter grounds and showcase the shelter as a place that is welcoming to the community.


  • The mural should be eye-catching, positive, and welcoming.
  • People who adopt a pet should be able to pose for a celebratory photo in front of the mural.
  • An ideal mural would:
  • Include a variety of companion animals that might be adopted at the shelter, including dogs, cats, and others such as guinea pigs, rabbits, or reptiles.
  • Feature dogs that are commonly seen at shelters including mixes and bully breeds (such as American Staffordshire dogs or American Pit Bull terriers) and that are presented in a positive way.

About the City of Tallahassee Animal Services Center

The Animal Service Center is an open-admission, municipal animal shelter operated by the City of Tallahassee and serving all of Leon County.


The Animal Shelter Foundation will cover the cost of supplies for this project up to $500.

Mural Site Location and Specification

The location for the proposed mural is on all sides of the small shed on the animal shelter property. This shed is currently used to store donations for the shelter.


  • The back wall of the shed measures 14’ wide, and 7’, 9.5” tall.
  • The front of the shed is the same width and height but features a door. The door is 2’ from the right side of the wall, and 8’, 8” from the left side.
  • The sides of the shed are 6’, 8” wide with pitched sides. It is 9’, 8” tall at its peak.

Proposal Requirements

The following materials should be submitted for consideration as a completed proposal:

  • Contact information: Name, address, telephone number, email address
  • Written narrative describing your artistic vision and proposal (No longer than 2 single-spaced pages)
  • Sketches to explain your vision (this may include full or partial coverage of the building).
  • Examples of past work, either attached as a PDF or with a shared web address to a digital portfolio (Maximum of 5)
  • References


This call is open to all artists. Of course, artists from the Tallahassee area are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as students and alumni of Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.

The artist must be 18 or older and must be available to oversee the installation of the mural.

For questions regarding the project and site or application submission, please contact:

Grayson Walters
Volunteer CoordinatorTallahassee Animal Services
[email protected]

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