Art En Route Bus Shelter Sidewalk Mural Project

Art En Route is a public art project through the City of Dubuque’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Green Dubuque and funded by a $25,000 national grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

3 shelters with mural footprint_updated

The Asphalt Art Initiative was created to help cities use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces and engage their communities. The program not only seeks to create vibrant public spaces but also looks to build city capacity for working with artists and community groups on projects involving transportation infrastructure.

Dubuque's solution to the Asphalt Art Initiative call was Art En Route, a project at the intersection of public art, public transit, and local sustainability efforts that will enhance 14 bus shelter locations throughout Dubuque with climate-focused painted murals on the sidewalk surface under and around the shelters. The network of murals will draw attention to the City’s extensive and accessible public transit system as a community asset while encouraging residents to actively partner in Dubuque’s Climate Action Plan and celebrate those that already do. The project also advances goals and priorities of the Arts and Culture Master Plan 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.

A call for climate-focused sidewalk mural designs is now open to all artists, professionals and aspiring, who are 18 years and older to submit designs by Thurs., March 3, 2022. Creative collectives and community groups may also apply. Creatives living within a 50-mile radius of Dubuque and underrepresented artists artists are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no application fee; applicants are welcome to submit multiple designs for consideration.

Selected applicants will be responsible for painting their sidewalk mural design between May 1-31, 2022. Applicants can request a student assistant from a pool of college and high schools if interested. Artists will receive a $750 stipend following the completion of their selected sidewalk mural(s); limited travel stipends are available for artists based outside of Dubuque city limits. Materials will be provided.

For more information on the Art En Route Call for Submissions, visit

Applicants must include a brief description of their proposed sidewalk mural explaining how the design can inspire and empower individual, business and governmental climate mitigation and adaptation to advance Dubuque's community implementation of the Community Climate Action & Resiliency Plan. Visit Dubuque's 50% by 2030 Community Climate Action Plan or the Art En Route survey results that ranked 45 climate-focused concepts based on community priorities.

The project's primary funding source is the Bloomberg Philanthropies grant with in-kind and additional support from City of Dubuque. The project is produced in collaboration with Green Dubuque, Sustainable Dubuque, the City of Dubuque's Transit Department, and Gigantic Design.

Green DBQ logo
Sustainable Dubuque Vertical_color
Jule Logo

Contact Us

  1. Jenni Petersen-Brant  |  email
    Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
    Phone: 563.690.6059

    Economic Development Office
    City Hall Annex
    1300 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001

    Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Follow Us on Social Media