City Seeks Artists for Water Treatment Plant Mural

August 20, 2021 – ​The City of Ann Arbor is seeking an artist(s) to create and complete a painted mural in the stairwell of the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant Administration Building. The plant, originally constructed in 1938, with a rated capacity of 50 million gallons of water per day, seeks to enhance the educational experience provided by staff to the public. The stairwell is approximately 8’W x 18’L x 21’H. The award will provide $17,000 for the work, which shall be completed by November 2022 or earlier. The first application deadline is Oct. 31, 2021.  Applications can be obtained at

As a way of educating the public about how the city collects and treats its drinking water, the city conducts extensive public outreach. This includes a water plant open house each May and frequent tours to schools throughout southeast Michigan. Over the course of a year, more than 2,000 people visit the city’s water treatment plant. The tours highlight the history of the plant, its raw water sources, its treatment processes and they city’s commitment to delivering safe drinking water exceeding all regulatory requirements. Additionally, the mural shall become part of the city’s public art program through the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, giving the mural wider visibility.

For more information on the space and to download the “call to artists” details, please visit