Please note: due to COVID19 we are extending the deadline – deadline and selection will be determined at a later date. We encourage artists to apply, all applications will be collected for future consideration. 

Science to Street Art – Call for Street & Graffiti Artists to work with UW-Madison Scientists

Applications are now open for 2020.

Apply to join a new initiative through UW-Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID). Team up with scientists to create an innovative science themed mural!

Science to Street Art murals will demonstrate a variety of ways that creative placemaking and public art can be crafted to amplify science and educational resources within the City of Madison. In 2019 WID initiated a unique partnership between the Madison Arts Commission (MAC), Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), and community stakeholders to support and celebrate the innovative creation of street art that fuses science, art, and story.

Science to Street Art is an initiative pairing street artists with UW-Madison scientists to create science themed educational murals throughout the city of Madison and beyond during 2020. The aim is to provide non-traditional avenues for science literacy through the fusion of science and art. Mural locations prioritize underserved neighborhoods to re-energize community places, and encourage exploring the outdoors – with an emphasis on science.

Through this call for artists, a review panel made up of UW-Madison researchers, artists, and community stakeholders will identify up to three local artists, or artist groups, to create murals in collaboration with UW-Madison scientists that specialize in the mural themes’ related fields.

Selected artists or artist groups who participate will receive up to $2,000 grant/stipend – per mural – and will have their work permanently exhibited throughout Dane County.

Emerging and established Wisconsin street artists are welcomed and encouraged to apply. An area of interest is artists within hip-hop and graffiti art forms. Artists will be selected based on the quality of artwork/artistic excellence, creativity, originality, and technical skill. We aim to select a dynamic and exciting group of artists whose work will showcase a broad range of street art styles that represent a diversity of creative voices, while expressing a high standard of artistic excellence. 2020 Anticipated Timeline: to be determined at a later date due to COVID19. 

How to submit your application:

Applications can be submitted three ways: online, email, or mailed. Please note, all applications will receive a confirmation email – please follow-up with the Science to Street Art staff if you have not received a confirmation within five days of submission.

Option 1 –Online Application

Applications can be submitted online through the Science to Street Art Form. Please note, the online form requires applicants to have a google account.

Visit the google help center to learn how to create a Gmail account.

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art:

Option 2 – Email Application 

Email Ginger for a downloadable PDF version of the application. Please include uploads as attachments when submitting the form via email. Completed applications can be emailed to:

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art: Contact Ginger at

Option 3 – Mail Printed Copy of Application 

Email Ginger for a downloadable PDF version of the application. Please include attachments as printed material (work samples/work descriptions/resume) when mailing your submission.

Application form to apply for Science to Street Art: Contact Ginger at

Completed applications can be mailed to:

Ginger Ann, Executive Director | Illuminating Discovery Hub

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

330 N. Orchard Street

Madison, WI 53715

Printed copies of the application are available by request – please email to request a hard copy or if you have any questions regarding the application process.