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Desert Botanical Garden receives National Endowment for the Arts Our Town funding to support Spaces of Opportunity Community Garden Mural

January 10, 2017


Dana Terrazas – Director of Marketing 
Phone: 480 481.8101

Desert Botanical Garden Receives National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Funding to Support Spaces of Opportunity Community Garden Mural

Phoenix, Arizona –Recently, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town funding was given to the Desert Botanical to hire an artist to create a mural at the Desert Botanical Garden’s Spaces of Opportunity (SPACES). SPACES is 18-acre vacant lot being transformed into a sustainable community farm at West Vineyard Road and 15th Avenue, in south Phoenix. Through a partnership with the Desert Botanical Garden, the Roosevelt School District and Cultivate South Phoenix, the Spaces of Opportunity urban agriculture initiative will help turn a food desert into a food oasis, providing affordable access to healthy food and active living, and connecting south Phoenix communities to the healthy roots of their diverse cultures.

Desert Botanical Garden will work with the City of Phoenix Public Art Program to solicit an artist to create a community mural for the garden.  

Application details can be found at the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture website: Interested professional artists are asked to submit via email one current resume; a one-page (no more than 250 words) letter of interest; a PPT of up to ten (10) images of artwork demonstrating the ability to design, create, and install an exemplary painted wall mural; an annotated slide sheet; and contact information for three professional references. The PPT must be no larger than 10 MB. No mailed or hard copy submissions will be accepted.

“Desert Botanical Garden is thrilled to incorporate this mural into our urban farm, which will reflect the South Phoenix community and the people who make up its vibrant culture, says Nic de la Fuente, director of Spaces of Opportunity.

About Desert Botanical Garden
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums.  It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research. For more information about the Garden, visit

About  Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life. The Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city’s buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: and Twitter @phxarts_culture.