Fayetteville seeks artists for Trail of Tears mural

Tsa La Gi Trail tunnel / City of Fayetteville

Fayetteville will soon have more public art on the city’s trail system.

City officials are seeking artists to submit proposals for a new mural along Tsa La Gi Trail that depicts the journey of the Cherokee people along the Trail of Tears.

The multi-use trail was opened in 2014, and runs parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. It is named in remembrance of the forced relocation route where a group of Cherokee in 1839 formed a detachment camp near what is currently the intersection of MLK and Stadium Drive.

A portion of the trail runs through a tunnel underneath the Arkansas Missouri Railroad rail line. City staff have identified the exterior wing walls on the east side of the tunnel as an ideal place for a mural that will fulfill the requirements of a state appropriation the city received for improvements to Trail of Tears sites in Washington County.

Any artist or team of artists with public art, mural or large-scale painting experience are welcome to submit a proposal. Artists of Native American heritage are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submission is March 20. The city’s budget for the project is $5,000.

For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the project page on the city’s website.