We invite artists who are interested in creating artwork that celebrates the sacred nature of Día de los Muertos (DDLM) to submit proposals to create an original artwork for our 2023 community DDLM celebrations. Cheyenne’s DDLM celebrations offer public places to celebrate and a variety of opportunities to learn about the history, traditions, and significance of DDLM.

The Cheyenne Día de los Muertos celebrations are family-friendly and inclusive of all people. Artwork must be appropriate for children. We encourage artists to reflect on their own cultural and traditional connections to DDLM when creating their artwork. Artists should consider the following goals when creating their proposal:

  1. Represent the cultural significance of Día de los Muertos in a visually compelling way
  2. Appeal to multigenerational families and people of all ages
  3. Represent the diversity of people, places, and cultures who celebrate DDLM.

Artists should be members of a community that celebrates DDLM. Artists of all mediums (visual arts, music, theater, dance, folk and traditional arts, etc.) are encouraged to apply. However, the winning artist must create a work of art that will work well for print and digital advertising. If an artist creates a 3D work of art, the piece will need to be portrayed in 2D so it will meet marketing needs.

Submissions are due June 11, 2023. One artist or artist collective will be selected to receive a $750 payment to create a final work in partnership with the DDLM committee. Size and format specifications will be provided, and committee members will give feedback until a final product is agreed upon. Final art work must be submitted by August 18, 2023. Once submitted, the State Museum, Botanic Gardens, Depot Museum, and Library will create a regional marketing campaign featuring the work.

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm MST on June 11, 2023. Applications may be submitted online here, or directly to Melisa McChesney.

Please contact Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573 or melisa.mcchesney@wyo.gov if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for this call or if you need a paper application.

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