A downtown area can define a city. Whether it be cold and industrial, colorful and vibrant, or a mix of this and that; downtown USA is the heartbeat of any metro area. Iowa City is hoping to add some more color to its bustling downtown with some new murals, and you could be one of the artists.

The Iowa City Downtown District is accepting artist proposals for murals to be painted onto building throughout downtown Iowa City. According to their page announcing the mural opportunity:

The murals will be painted in the spring and summer of 2018 as part of a broader initiative to develop interest, clean up, and increase safety in the alleys.

The mural program will provide funded opportunities for public art downtown while the popular University of Iowa Community Credit Union Benchmarks bench-painting program takes a vacation during renovations of the pedestrian mall.

The application period for mural proposals is now open through March 1st. For more information, visit the CALLS FOR SUBMISSION PAGE at Downtown Iowa City Public Art Project's website.