Call for Submissions

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is now accepting climate-focused design concepts through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2022 for the Art En Route bus shelter sidewalk mural project in partnership with Green Dubuque and funded by a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

About The Project

Art En Route is a project at the intersection of public art, public transit, and resilient community desires while enhancing 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with climate-focused painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around the shelters. The network of sidewalk murals will draw attention to the City’s public transit system as a community asset while encouraging residents to actively engage in Dubuque’s Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan implementation and celebrate progress to date. The project also advances goals and priorities of Dubuque’s Arts and Culture Master Plan and Imagine Dubuque 2037 to make arts and cultural resources and activities available in every neighborhood in the city and county, make art more visible in all aspects of daily life in Dubuque, and facilitate the presence and participation of arts and culture at non-cultural activities and venues.


This project is open to all artists, professionals and aspiring, who are 18 years and older*; artists are welcome to submit multiple designs. Creative collectives and community groups may also apply; at least one member of the collective or group must be 18 years or older. Creatives living within a 50-mile radius of Dubuque and underrepresented artists artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Approved applicants are responsible for executing their selected sidewalk mural and can request a student assistant from a pool of capable college and high schools if interested.

Upon project completion, the artist will receive a $750 stipend for each sidewalk mural painted.

Designs should activate the space under the bus shelters and may extend into pedestrian walkways if those areas are included in the template as downloaded below. 

Designs cannot contain business promotions or advertisements, and cannot include any breach of intellectual property, brands, trademarks, or depictions of illegal activities. Design cannot incorporate any physical objects or materials other than those provided. Designs cannot extend onto bus shelter structures.

*Artists under 18 may submit designs for consideration. If their design is selected, a parent or legal guardian will be responsible for signing the artist agreement.

Bus Shelter Locations and Design Templates

The 14 bus shelters included in the project are located throughout the City of Dubuque, from downtown to the North End and out to the Industrial Park West and the Northwest Arterial. Check out the map of the bus shelter locations and download any of the 14 templates* provided to aid in submitting a design for consideration. All templates fit on standard 8.5" x 11" paper.

* Proposals will not be accepted for the Comisky Park bus shelter; that location has been preassigned to a neighborhood association for design and implementation


Submitted designs should incorporate:

  • Originality and artistic merit, adding to the breadth of public art in Dubuque;
  • Family-friendliness and inclusiveness;
  • Educational value in drawing connection and attempting to inspire action related to Dubuque's Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan.

Design concepts must be submitted using the templates provided above and received by Thursday, March 3, 2022

Be mindful that each bus shelter location is different in size and shape; some changes to the design may be required to accommodate the specific location. 

Artists must also submit a brief description of the proposed sidewalk mural explaining how the design intends to inspire climate action and advance Dubuque's community implementation of the Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. A survey polled the Dubuque community on their desired resilient community enhancements in the categories of Design Elements, Healthy Food Access, Conservation, Energy Efficiency & Pollution Prevention, and Becoming a More Vibrant and Equitable Community.  45 designs concepts were surveyed and available to guide potential artists.

Online submission of designs is preferred. Applications can also be mailed to City Annex, Attn: Jenni Petersen-Brant at 1300 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001.

Selection Process

March 7-17, 2022, the community will have opportunities through online platforms and in-person meetings to vote for their favorite designs. A panel of jurors, comprised of members from the Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, Green Dubuque, Resilient Community Advisory Commission, and the City's Transit Division, will review the community's rankings and finalize the selections. 

Project Completion

Artists will be notified by April 8, 2022 regarding the status of their submission. If selected, artists must be available to paint their murals between May 1-31, 2022.

Paint specialized for high traffic sidewalks and asphalt will be provided in basic colors (white, black, red, yellow, blue). Artists will need to mix colors as needed for their design. Additional but limited supplies in terms of paint brushes, mixing containers, painters tape, and the like can be made available upon request.


For questions or for more information, contact Arts & Cultural Affairs Coordinator Jenni Petersen-Brant at or call 563.690.6059. 

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