The new Laurel Forest apartments are rolling out soon, giving downtown Bellingham a brand-new complex of affordable apartments for seniors with a co-located child care center. Local artists – maybe you? – will help make the space warm and welcoming through original artwork.

We’d like you to tell us about your mural design that’s inspiring, conversational, and will help build inter-generational connections within downtown Bellingham. If you end up working with us, we’ll collaborate with you to develop your design proposals into a finished product.

The three mural sizes will be a 6′ x 9′ interior wall, the 4’7″ x 19’6″ outdoor South Wall, and the 5′ x 38′ outdoor North Wall.

A sketch shows a room with stairs on the left and a wall at the back with a red rectangle labeled "Concrete Wall: 9' x 6' Mural Area'.

Interior Wall - 6' x 9'

The exterior of a building, the top part with siding, the bottom a wall on an incline that is labeled "4' x 7' " x "19' - 6," and a rectangle on the wall labeled "10" x 14" metallic sign. Red 6" FDC lettering on white mounted with top 78' aff."

South Wall - 4'x7" x 19'6"

A sketch of a building exterior with windows and brown siding, below which is a wall labeled "5' - 0" x "38' - 0"

North Wall - 5' x 38'

Applications close at 5 p.m. on January 12, 2024. All you have to do is send along:
  1. A letter of interest explaining why you’re interested in and qualified for this project;
  2. A Proposal or Portfolio; provide either conceptual sketches with a written description of the intentions of your design, or you may instead submit a portfolio of your previous artistic work.
  3. A cost estimate for your time and materials.
Please submit your applications and questions to We look forward to hearing from you!
A rendering of an apartment building with a business space below one wing.

The view of the new Laurel Forest apartments from the corner of N. Forest and E. Laurel streets.