Tired of looking at those ugly concrete barriers that protect New York City drivers and cyclists from one another?
It's time to take a stand against aesthetic atrocities in the five boroughs.
On Wednesday the New York City Department of Transporation posted an open call for mural designs to decorate one of the city's many bare barriers on Facebook.
Artists applying can't simply be "proficient in design," according to the DOT's request for submissions. They have to be leadership material. Applicants, if selected, will be expected to lead volunteers through the process of painting their design, so they're required to submit a description of "one team and/or community-based project that best represents [their] leadership skills."
The DOT and its nonprofit partner, New York Cares, have drafted artists and volunteers to adorn barricades every spring and fall since launching their "Barrier Beautification" initiative in spring 2010. The city agency and the volunteer organization aren't looking for Michelangelo frescoes; they're seeking bright, graphic designs 20 feet wide and 3 feet high.
If you've got what it takes, the DOT and New York Cares will provide you a $2500 honorarium, $500 for stencil materials, and painting tools and materials.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Aug. 21, so you better get crackin'.
For more information, check out the DOT's request for designs here.