Call for Artists

The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition are requesting artist proposals to create street art at an intersection in Kahului to improve roadway safety for people walking and biking. Working with a team of engineers, planners and public health experts, the artist will engage with people living in the surrounding community to design artistic crosswalks, intersection bulb-outs, and other relatively low-cost safety features as part of a “Quick Build” Demonstration Project to be installed in March 2021.


The selected artist will be responsible for the following tasks during the Quick Build Demonstration Project:

  • September 2020: Assisting the project team with planning the community engagement process to seek input on road safety improvements and desired artistic elements. Public engagement will be primarily done online.
  • October 2020: Providing input into draft and final engineering site plans for road improvements.
  • November – December 2020: Creating alternatives for street art designs, soliciting input on the designs from the project team and public, and developing the final design.
  • January 2021: Providing input on the implementation plan to guide installation and maintenance. The artist will also be required to create a list of required materials and assist with the selection and purchase of paints, brushes, rollers, etc.
  • February 2021: Participating in a virtual meeting with the project team and public to review the implementation plan and artistic design.
  • March 2021: Leading art components of the project installation, which may include cleaning surfaces, marking/stenciling designs, directing volunteers, and performing any touch up work.


Are you interested in participating in this project and working with the community to create street art in Kahului? The selected artist will receive $5,000 through a subcontract with the lead consultant. Proposals should be submitted electronically by email to by 4pm on Friday, August 21st, and should include the following:

  • Introduction: Include name, contact information, why you’re interested in this project, what area of the islands you live and work, and highlight any relevant professional or personal experience (max 1 page – scoring weight 20%).
  • Approach: Describe how the project will be completed, providing further detail to the tasks listed above. The project approach should reflect a strong capacity to complete the project and an understanding of public art projects and community engagement (max 2 pages – scoring weight 30%).
  • Artwork Samples: Include samples of your artwork, and if applicable, any description of the process to create the artwork, or links to articles or websites (2 to 4 pages – scoring weight 30%).
  • Resume: Summary of education and experience (1 to 2 pages –  scoring weight 10%).
  • References List 2 references with contact information (scoring weight 10%).

Artists will be informed by Friday, August 28th, if their proposal has been selected. Proposals will be selected by the Maui MPO and HEAL, and will be judged on their quality, creativity, and potential for positive community impact. Please note, although it is not required to located on Maui, preference will be given to Maui-based artists.

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Are you interested in learning more about complete streets and quick build projects? Check out the examples below: