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Boston Calling launches art contest for music festival

Boston Calling music festival announced on Tuesday that it will offer money to artists as part of a new art contest for its September festival.

boston calling art contest Boston Calling is holding an art contest ahead of September's music festival.
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Boston Calling, already an established music event, is seeking to amp up the festival's visual arts.

Organizers of the three-day concert announced on Tuesday an art contest dubbed "Blank Canvass." Winning artists will be able to create a 36-foot by 60-foot mural inspired by Boston Calling that will be put on display during the September event, which features The National, Lorde, Nas and The Roots.

City Hall Plaza, the site of upcoming fourth installment of Boston Calling, is typically a barren blanket of brick. Organizers are trying to change that.

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"We are always seeking ways to extend our connection to the community and further celebrate the talents of the people that make Boston, and the entire region vibrant," Brian Appel, co-founder of Boston Calling said in a statement. "At this past May's festival, every time we saw a blank wall, we felt we missed an opportunity to have an artist display their work."

Concepts must be submitted by August 5 on a one-page 8.5-inch by 11-inch digital document emailed to art@bostoncalling.com. The mural must be inspired in some form by Boston Calling and the submission must include contact information and a 100-word description.

Festival organizers and Boston Calling's social media followers will help select the five winners who will each get to create a mural that will be on display at the show from September 5 through 7. Winners will get a $1,000 cash prize, including $250 for supplies and four three-day VIP tickets to the event.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.

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