The food hall seeks proposals from artists with experience in mural installation to design and execute a mural that celebrates Syracuse as a culturally rich and diverse community.  

[Syracuse, NY, May 3]—The Syracuse Urban Partnership, owners of the Salt City Market in Downtown Syracuse, have announced their request for proposals for a large-scale mural in their outdoor dining space. Their goal is to convey the dynamic energy happening inside the Salt City Market, while pushing that hopefulness and optimism outward toward all of Syracuse.

The mural will be installed on the south-facing wall of the Salt City Market’s alleyway (along the Whitlock Building) facing the outdoor dining area, firepit, and playground. The space measures 34 feet tall by 110 feet wide, though proposing artists are not required to fill the entire canvas and are encouraged to create concepts that stretch the length of the wall at different heights. A section of the wall, closest to Salina Street, has a large painted red heart on it; the heart has been there for more than 30 years and is an iconic symbol for many in the Syracuse community. Thus, it is required in the proposal request that the heart be incorporated into the larger mural, though the degree to which it is incorporated is up to the artist. Budget for the project is commensurate with the scale and detail of the chosen proposal, ranging from $35,000-$75,000. While this technically a nationwide call, preference will be given to artists living in, or with ties to, Central New York and New York State.

“We want to highlight the Salt City Market as a place where all people are welcome, and where we can set our sights on the future of Syracuse with a vision full of hope and progress,” says Maarten Jacobs, Executive Director.

For a full description of the project, proposal requirements, and reference photos, please visit Those interested in submitting a proposal should do so by emailing their completed proposal before the deadline Friday, June 3, 2022 at 5:00PM ET.