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Deano’s Pasta Mural - Call to Artists

Artists will be notified by: June 11th

Work to be completed summer 2021

Questions? Email: Jen Atwood,   

East Somerville Main Streets is seeking street artists for a mural at Deano’s Pasta parking lot. 

About Deano’s Pasta

We are fourth generation local pasta makers in Somerville, MA and happen to be one of the oldest fresh pasta companies in the country as we have been making artisan noodles, raviolis, and sauces since 1947.  Our pastas and sauces are all natural, non-gmo, locally handcrafted and hand packed to assure the highest quality.  To this day, Deano’s Pasta uses our signature 100% semolina dough and we work in small batches daily at our FDA approved factory in Somerville.  We currently participate in over 20 local farmer’s markets weekly, sell to several specialty grocers including Whole Foods, and many restaurants in MA.  You can also visit us at our Pasta Shop in Somerville and pick up some pastas and sauces which are being made fresh daily.


About East Somerville Main Streets


East Somerville Main Streets mission is to improve the life of our community by building investment, connection and pride in our main street. We do this through a variety of ways including: Small Business Technical Assistance projects and promoting the East Broadway Business District as a remarkable and unique cultural destination, known for celebrating its traditions and heritage and maintaining the community’s diversity.


Project Details

The wall is roughly 24 to 25 feet tall (it is shorter on one end so 23 feet and then the ground slopes a little so it’s a little taller on the other end) by 40 feet wide. The wall is located in the back of the parking lot at Deano’s Pasta.  The wall also currently serves as the back-drop to the weekly East Somerville Markets


The project is open to all artists & artist groups. Artists may apply as an individual or as a group. If you apply as a group, please provide references and samples for each artist.

Selected artists will be asked to provide a sketch of work, final pieces will need to be approved by the selection committee. All pieces must be appropriate for all ages and not considered offensive to any group based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, place of origin, etc.

East Somerville Main Streets will provide selected artists a $3,000 stipend for their work.  If your proposal exceeds this amount, please include a budget detail for your proposal. 


Selection criteria

Selection will be made by a panel comprised of East Somerville Main Streets and Deano’s Pasta staff based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated qualifications of experience painting large-scale, outdoor murals

  • Demonstration of quality of work

  • Strong conceptual skills with innovative and effective approaches that reflect the vision of the restaurant

  • Ability to successfully execute and complete project within the proposed time frame

  • Positive references demonstrating strong communication and organizational skills

  • Completeness of application


Provide the following (typed) information:

1.      Contact info: name, e-mail and mailing address, phone

2.      Link to website or other page with examples of your body of work (if applicable)

3.      Brief proposal description or sketch of project (selected artists will be required to provide a sketch)

4.      Curriculum Vitae


Email Proposals to:



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East Somerville Main Streets                                          

3 Glen Street

Somerville, MA 02145                                                   

Broadway Brake Mural by Meagan O'Brien (2020)
Learn more about the Broadway Brake Mural Here!
Mount Vernon Restaurant Mural by Brian Hart - Completed October 2019
This mural is funded in part by a Somerville Arts Council Grant and with support from Mount Vernon Restaurant and Pub
Murals brought to East Somerville by the Somerville Arts Council's Street Art Project
Calo Rosa Mural created in 2019

"This piece was created for the El Salvadoran and Central American friends in Somerville, its a portrait of my friend Bianca Rosalia surrounded by elements from the tropical flora native to ES.

As many other Central Americans, Bianca represents the resilience and commitment to thrive in a different environment. 

It includes flora that is easy to recognize to Central Americans: Flor de izote, the national flower of ES, hojas de guineo that are use to cook and make tamales, and birds of paradise flowers. 

This elements bring us back to the days where we where in our hometowns, in the mountains or the coast, playing with our friends surrounded by life full of color. Bianca is wearing Mayan "ruler" earplugs as a reminder to recognize where we came from to know who we are, bigger that any government, bigger than any frontier or division. 

wherever we are, the colors and energy of the tropics will always come with us." - Calo

Calo Rosa mural at 52 Broadway (Somerville Communications) completed in 2019

Murals created in 2018 as part of the Somerville Art's Council's Street Art program:

Angurria mural at 112 Broadway (above Ola cafe) completed in 2018

David Zayas  mural at 44 Broadway (Taco Loco) completed in 2018

Alexandre Keto mural at 102 Broadway (Gauchao Brazilian Cuisisne) completed in 2020

East Somerville Main Street community murals:
Meagan O'Brian Lombadi Mural
Commissioned by Federal Realty Investment Trust (Assembly Row)
In 2019 local artist Meagan O'Brian was commissioned to paint a mural to replace the printed mural that had deteriorated.  Meagan included several East Somerville icons in her mural including the triple decker houses, Chuckie Harris Park, Mudflat ceramic studios and "hello" in Spanish, Hatian and Portugese representing our diverse community in East Somerville.  In June 2019, Meagan included a "Community Paint Day" and invited members of the community to come out and help complete the mural.

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