Call Detail
COAHEC MURALS -The Plight of Migrant Children
Entry Deadline: 2/1/23
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado
Budget: $5,000

Colorado Area Health Education Centers 
Medicina y Urban Rural Art Lessons en Salud (MURALS)
 and the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities


Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado Area Health Education Centers (COAHEC) with its Medicina y Urban Rural Art Lessons en Salud (MURALS) Project and the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities (CBH) are partnering to seek qualified artists who wish to be considered to create an outdoor wall mural at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities building on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) located at 13080 E. 19th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045.

Background & Project Mission

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train, and retain a health professions' workforce committed to rural and under served populations in the US. The COAHEC system was established in 1977 by Dean Dr. Richard Krugman. All AHECs are funded by HRSA AHEC Model Grants which are renewed in 5-year grant cycles to support the overall mission of AHECs in the United States.  

COAHEC envisions every person in Colorado having the opportunity to attain their full health potential. COAHEC funds a series of health-themed  murals created by local artists. The murals communicate health messages in culturally resonate ways to Colorado communities. By commissioning local artists to create informative and beautiful large-scale artworks, we believe that we are able to enhance community health efforts through authentic engagement and collaboration.

The CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities is home to world-class programs that are proven to cultivate values, celebrate imagination and produce vibrant community conversations that support compassionate, competent, respectful, and just healthcare.  The Fulginiti Pavilion serves as an intellectual space, cultural site and accessible resource for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus for our colleagues regionally, nationally and internationally, as well as  the local community. We are a place to exchange ideas, inspire collaboration, foster compassion, fuel imagination, and transcend boundaries. The CU Center for Bioethics and the Humanities realizes the universal appeal of the arts and humanities and their power to connect student and teacher, patient and professional, citizen and artist, benefactor and institution.

Artists are encouraged to visit the Fulginiti Pavilion to better understand the site and environment.

The overall theme for this mural is The Plight of Children in Migration. This theme is informed by the work of Prof. Warren Binford, author, recognized children’s rights scholar and advocate for children, including those in migration. This mural will complement two exhibits on display in the Fulginiti Pavilion, as well as a commissioned music and dance performance.  (Link to document describing exhibits and performance within ‘Site Details’)

We welcome and respect artists' ideas and concepts to creatively address the experiences of children and families during the migration process. 

Sub-themes for artistic consideration may include: 

Aspirations for a better life, safety, stability, wellness, family togetherness, educational and housing opportunities, and financial stability and wellness;
Local and national immigration policies, pathways to entry and citizenship, roadblocks, freedom, faith, separation, human rights, and access to healthcare and education; and
Emotions of children and families in migration such as uncertainty, resilience, physical and psychological stress, exhaustion, frustration, fear, camaraderie, determination, etc.

The artist will be creating a mural.  The mural will be digitally produced. The successful artist must have the ability to utilize software to create an impactful, compassionate, and visually compelling image or story within a digital medium.  The mural will be printed (by a vendor) on a vinyl material that is adhered to the building façade with a heat and roller process that conforms to the masonry (brick), and has the appearance of being directly applied paint as in traditional murals.

Budget & Scope of Work

The budget for the artwork design is $5,000.00, with an initial payment of 40% and a final payment of 60% when the mural has been satisfactorily installed.The selected artist needs to produce one digital file which the Fulginiti Pavilion Team will engage a vendor to print and install a 7' x 32’ vinyl mural on the west side of the Fulginiti Pavilion. Mural printing and installation will be paid independently by the University of Colorado.  The mural will be adhered to the building as an exterior wall vinyl wrap that looks as if it is a part of the surface. The artist will have the opportunity and responsibility to review and provide feedback on proofs and printed vinyl prior to installation. Artists are encouraged to visit the site at the Fulginiti Pavilion at the Anschutz Medical Campus.  CU will produce, with the artist’s input, a web page dedicated to the mural with information about the artist, a curatorial statement and the opportunity to provide viewer feedback about the mural and its impact(s).  This information will also be viewable at the COAHEC website in the MURALS program section. 
A QR code to the webpages and title panel will be installed adjacent to the mural for the community to access and respond to the mural and that leads them to the mural information.


1/4/23 - Call for Proposals release on CaFé 
2/1/23 - Call for Proposals deadline 2/3/2023 Submissions due by midnight
2/3/23 - Mural Review Panel (MRP) sub-group selects top submissions 
2/10/23 - MRP choose up to 3 finalist(s)
2/17/23, week of - Mock-Up from artist(s) accepted w honoraria SOW
2/22/23 - Final artist selected

2/24/23 - 3/24/23 SOW or contract  finalized, work is in progress
3/15/23 - 3/29/23 - interim art review of work in progress
4/3/23 - MRP Final approval of art  and MURALS Leadership approval/file sent to vendor
4/10/23 - Installation (1-day) weather-dependent, date subject to change

4/13/23 - Unveiling/Reception


Contact Information

Please direct all proposal and project related questions to:

Josina Romero O’Connell, MD

Director, Colorado Area Health Education center

O: 303-724-0540


David Weil
Manager of Operations and Educational Technology
Center for Bioethics and Humanities
O: 303-724-8074

Technical File Specifications
File Type: .ai or .eps 
Color Mode: CMYK 

Resolution: 150dpi at print size (7’ x 32’)

Text, if any, should be converted to outlines

Layers should be flattened with 
PDF version to be provided for reference

Submission Requirements
Artists submit application online via Café. Submissions must include:
-Artist CV/Resume 
-Letter of Intent to include vision, conveying design ideas not to exceed 300 words
-3 – 6 images of prior work and/or design proposal sketches
-3 professional references, including contact name, title, organization, address, telephone and email for each reference

Open to all professional artists.