Totem Books Mural Contest

August 31, 2018

Totem Books, 620 W. Court St., Flint, MI

Flint Public Art Project will host a mural competition at Totem Books in Flint, Michigan in September of 2018. Three artists or artist teams will be selected as finalists from contest applicants by the staff at Totem Books. The public will then be able to vote for their favorite of the three finalists. The one with the most public votes will be chosen as the winner. Voting will take place on September 13th, 2018 from 11 am until 7 pm during Flint Art Walk at Totem Books. The winner will be able to realize the mural on one of the three exterior walls at Totem Books with $1,000 in supplies and a $500 prize for the artist. Artists will have until the August 31st, 2018 deadline to submit an original rendering. All renderings will be on display at Totem Books on September 14th, 2018. The final mural must be completed by October 11th, 2018.

Preferred Topics:

1) An artistic branding of the Totem name spelled out in between the windows. Be creative with how or what will make the letters TOTEM stand out.
2) The Ojibwe tribe that originated in Flint took as its symbol nine animals that represented unity in a community. They are the 1) loon 2) turtle 3) wolf 4) deer 5) marten 6) otter 7) catfish 8) crane 9) bear. The idea is to create a mural that represents the unity of a community using some or all of these nine animals. This design can be created for the east, west, and back walls.
3) The artist’s free choice, as long as it is family-friendly and uses no offensive images. Can be designed for the west or back wall.

For official rules and applications, download at or email Joe Schipani at with questions.

Official rules and applications can also be picked up at Totem Books at 620 West Court Street during normal business hours.