Open Call: Design a Poster for Paper Monuments by 10/9/17

Open Call: Design a Poster for Paper Monuments by 10/9/17

Make History. Design a Poster. 

Paper Monuments is a project designed to elevate the voices of the people of New Orleans in the process of creating symbols for our city that represent all of our collective visions. We reached out to some of New Orleans greatest activists, historians, storytellers, and artists to get this project started, and we need you to keep it going.

Now, we’re calling on artists and designers living and working in New Orleans to create posters that celebrate some of the people, places, movements, and events from New Orleans' 300-year legacy.

We’re inviting you to explore a piece of our city’s history. Choose one person, place, event, or movement from the list below. And then dive into your subject: visit related sites, research the history, read the narrative if it’s linked below, and discover your topic's importance in New Orleans today. Then, think about the forms, images, and language that help form your subject's identity, and use those elements to create a poster that celebrates it. Don’t forget to incorporate the entire narrative in your poster design, as well. If a subject does not yet have a narrative written for it, please leave space in your design for a 250-word narrative (Use Lorem Ipsum for generated content).

A jury composed of New Orleans artists, activists, and scholars, and the Paper Monuments team, will select the final posters. The Paper Monuments team will work with the selected artists to finalize a poster that best represents the artwork and narrative. Selected posters will be given out at various galleries, festivals, bookstores, and restaurants, as well as wheat-pasted throughout the city. Selected posters will also be unveiled at upcoming Paper Monuments events.

Opportunity: Create a poster for Paper Monuments that celebrates one of the following people, places, events, or movements. Find your topic's location on our map. Submit your poster design by 10/9/17. Before you start work, let us know which poster you're doing here.

1. People:

2. Places:

3. Events:

  • 1892 General Strike
  • Death of Big Chief Alison “Tootie” Montana (PMEV-007)
  • 1963 City Hall Cafeteria Sit-in (PMEV-008)

4. Movements:

  • Women of the Storm
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference (PMMV-001)
  • Comite des Citoyens (PMMV-004)
  • Fyre Youth Squad (PMMV-007)


  • Final size must be 23”×33” with portrait orientation
  • All files will be digitally printed and must be print ready CMYK
  • Submit hi-res PDFs (at least 600 dpi) or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop files
  • Files must be labeled “LastName_FirstName_IDBase” to be considered. Ex: If Jane Doe is submitting an awesome poster commemorating the Comite des Citoyens, the file would be labeled: Doe_Jane_PMMV-004.
  • Your design should include all of the narrative written for your chosen person, place, event, or movement

How to submit: Please fill out and upload your poster submission onto this form:

The deadline: All submissions are due October 9, 2017.

Important Dates:

  • September 24th: Artist Call released
  • October 9th: Submissions Due
  • October 11th: Jury responses and feedback
  • October 17th: Final submissions of selected works due

Questions? Please email us at or reach out to us on our Facebook page

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