Punto Urban Art Museum

96 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

Date Posted:
August 10, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



PUNTO URBAN ART MUSEUM - CALL FOR ARTISTS Organized by North Shore Community Development Coalition


About North Shore Community Development Coalition:

North Shore CDC’s mission is to invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. We are a regional community development organization which invests in high quality affordable housing, civic engagement and other programs to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods we serve. Our history working with art and civic engagement in the Point neighborhoods dates back to the late 1970s.

Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and presents a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future.

We are developing the Urban Art Museum by creating a walkable, curated arts district of the highest quality in Salem’s Point Neighborhood. 

The Punto Urban Art Museum will feature 50+ murals in a three-block radius in the Point, immediately adjacent to all that downtown Salem already has to offer, including exposure to over a million tourists per year. Bringing a fraction of those visitors to the Point neighborhood stands to be a transformative economic development boost for immigrant-owned businesses. It will also begin to break down the invisible barriers between the Point and other areas of Salem by creating a destination within the Point for people to visit that is beautiful for residents and visitors alike.

The North Shore CDC team is thrilled to invite local and emerging artists to join the Punto Urban Art Museum. The selected artists will have the opportunity to create and display their work next to a renowned group of highly skilled and creative urban art leaders who are pioneers of the street art movement on both a national and international scale.


The current inventory of Punto Urban Art Museum consists of 50 large-scale outdoor murals as well as 12 large-scale indoor murals in our loft and gallery space. We plan to add up to 30 additional works between July and September 2018. The mission of this annual event in the Point neighborhood is to continue layering in new works of unique and dynamic art. This year’s murals and public art will be celebrated during our annual Block Party, held

on Saturday, September 22nd in the Point Neighborhood.

Artists selected for this project will be assigned a 8’ x 8’ concrete panel on Peabody Street in Salem in which selected artists will be working alongside one another. The 25-panel contiguous wall extends through a highly visible street within the district of Punto Urban Art Museum. Peabody Street connects with two other very busy commercial corridors: Lafayette and Congress Streets, augmenting the visibility and walkability for this portion of the project. The individual mural locations will be available for artists to start work on Sunday, September 16th until Friday, September 21st, 2018. Artists will have access to their areas on these dates only and all work is to be carried out during daytime hours.

How To Apply:
Complete and Send to: 
or info@puntourbanartmuseum.org

Apply by:
August 15, 2018
$250 stipend for supplies for each accepted submission.
About this Organization:
The Punto Urban Art Museum is a mission-driven social justice art program led by North Shore CDC, a community development non-profit founded in the neighborhood in 1978. The Museum was created to break down the invisible, but undeniable socio-economic barrier between the Point Neighborhood and the rest of Salem and the North Shore. Through stunning, world class art, we want children in the Point neighborhood to grow up with pride, and we want the rest of the community to have a reason to visit and discover the welcoming community that we know and love.