We are still soliciting artists/concept sketches for our first mural project here in downtown Hazleton! Any artist(s) interested in painting the mural should send a concept sketch of their proposed design, a letter of interest (or email) with a statement of qualifications highlighting public art projects and related professional experience, and 3-5 photo examples of artist work no later than June 30th.

We would like to see the mural represent not only Hazleton’s colorful past, but also its future as a resurgent, progressive, and welcoming community. Founded by hardworking European immigrants in the 1840s, the city became a cultural melting pot of miners, merchants, and enterprising pioneers who came here in search of opportunity. Today our community is in the midst of change and again serves as a destination for new immigrants searching for a better life. By working together we will rise again, just as we did in the past. We are optimistic about the future!

Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of local artists, art educators, and project partner representatives. The selected artist will be notified no later than July 7th. The target date for mural completion is August 15th, although this can be extended if necessary. The date of the mural arts public workshop will be determined, based upon the schedule of the artist(s). The finished mural will be dedicated during a special event in the fall.

The wall height is approximately 18 ft high (this varies along the top due to slope) and length is 50 ft long. We have a $2,000 stipend, plus additional funds to cover paint, supplies, etc.

Proposals can be sent to Krista Schneider at the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, 20 W. Broad St., Hazleton, PA 18201 or via email to

The artist shall have successful experience painting at least one exterior mural. Teams of more than one artist are allowed, but names and qualifications of each team member must be submitted. The total artist stipend for the mural is $2,000. Additional funds are available to cover the cost of paint and other supplies. 

For more information call 570-455-1509.

Every First Friday of the month downtown Hazleton is energized with special events and merchant promotions. These typically include featured art exhibitions, theatrical performances, walking tours, live music, and other special events like the seasonal Farmer’s Market and the Chamber’s Car Cruise. First Fridays are a partnership between the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, and Hazleton POWER!, with funding assistance and support provided by the Luzerne County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Click on the button above to view poster of full schedule. 


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