Greenfield Seeks Artists for Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Downtown Art Walk

GREENFIELD – Calling all artists! Greenfield’s historical connections to the abolitionist movement and the underground railroad will be illustrated through a new Abolitionist and Underground Railroad Downtown Art Walk funded by a Making It Public grant award.

The city has unveiled call-for-artist pre-applications for artists/teams interested in creating a 48x48 inch mural on the sidewalk of twelve historical sites. The areas include former residences of abolitionists, potential locations of underground railroad activity and the location of addresses given by nationally prominent figures, such as Frederick Douglass. Up to twelve artists/teams will be selected, with artists/teams receiving a $1,000 stipend for each mural they complete.

Pre-applications are due by Sunday, February 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pre-applications can be submitted by:

• Google form -
• Email responses to pre-application questions to -
• Mail Responses sent to – City of Greenfield Attn: Christian LaPlante 14 Court Square Greenfield, MA 01301
• Video recording of responses to pre-application questions or other methods approved by Making It Public Grant Administrator Christian LaPlante.

Those interested in applying can attend an information session via Zoom on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 6 p.m. To register, visit

In addition, interested applicants can submit questions about the project to by Friday, January 12, 2024 at 4 p.m. Questions submitted via email and proposed during the informational session will be answered by Friday, January 19, 2024. Artists will be selected through a review committee consisting of local historians, Cultural District Committee members and a Greenfield Human Rights Commission member. The committee will review submissions in accordance with criteria listed in the pre-application.

All artwork is anticipated to be completed by June 14, 2024.

The twelve landmarks are each located in downtown Greenfield, which is also a Mass Cultural Council Cultural District. To learn more about the significance of these sites and the call for art, visit: