Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Northern NJ Community Foundation Announces Call for Artists for Women's Mural Project Celebrating Black Suffragists and Black Women 

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation's ArtsBergen initiative announces an open call to mural artists. 

A mural artist is needed for the Women's Mural Project: Celebrating Black Suffragists and Black Women in Englewood, NJ. The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) is a not-for-profit organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey.

The NNJCF's ArtsBergen initiative in collaboration with its community partners—The Women’s Rights Information Center, Metro Community Center, and the Woman’s Club of Englewood—will implement the project. 

The mural will be painted on the east-facing wall of The Women's Rights Information Center building on Palisade Avenue in downtown Englewood, New Jersey. 

The project includes open workshops to capture and elevate the stories of Black women in Englewood, relating to the lives and accomplishments of Black suffragists. The mural will celebrate their voices, raise awareness about Black suffragists, and encourage civil discourse within the community.

  • The NNJCF seeks an artist or an artist team knowledgeable about creative placemaking or with experience working closely with community members, using a collaborative creative process to translate community input into public art. 
  • Women artists, who are culturally connected to the subject matter, are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Local artists are also encouraged to apply.  
  • The selected artist or artist team will receive $20,000 in total to design and paint the mural, plus a supply budget.
  • Artists applying to the call should submit an application by Friday, September 10, 2021
  • For further information about the project, an estimated timeline, selection criteria, and to apply, go to  
  • Learn more about the Foundation and its ArtsBergen initiative on its website, For further information, contact or call 201-568-5608.  
  • Major support for the project is made possible from an AARP Community Challenge Grant, Valley Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, and PNC Bank.

ArtsBergen Initiative

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative, a regional arts alliance, works with various stakeholders. These stakeholders encompass artists, arts organizations, businesses and municipal leaders, who use the arts to shape the social, physical, cultural, and economic identity of communities. Creative placemaking, a community-led, arts-driven approach, is used to increase vibrancy, spur economic development, and build capacity among residents to take ownership of their communities. 

ArtsBergen is the only initiative in Bergen County, New Jersey offering a range of services in creative placemaking. The initiative has partnered with multiple municipalities facilitating creative teams, developing public art and creative placemaking plans, and directing and managing public art projects to preserve and express community culture. For more information about the ArtsBergen initiative, visit

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation

Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts. The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life. The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608. Follow the NNJCF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.