Zagbëgon: An Early Learning and Development Academy requests mural proposals

Zagbëgon is excited to request proposals for wall art for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s newly formed Early Learning and Development Academy. Zagbëgon serves preschool children ages 3-5. Our curriculum is heavily influenced by the Potawatomi culture. The name Zagbëgon essentially means “sprout.” Our Language & Culture Department gives the following description:

“Zagbëgon have grown from seeds and now have their own newly established roots. Zagbëgon are peeking out from gokmeskinan (our grandmother earth) so they can look about their world and begin to form their identity and grow stronger with all of creation.”

We are looking for a design for a mural that will be painted on two walls in our building completed during the first week of April. The dimensions of the first wall are 8 feet long and 10 feet wide and the second wall is 8 feet long and 20 feet wide. Considerations include highlighting Woodland Indian art that reflects Bodewadmi/Potawatomi culture and tradition, and images that encompass knowledge and wisdom and how it affects the past, present and future generations. 

If you are interested, please submit sketches of proposed art along with a description of your vision of why you chose the design elements in your art. It should align with the description of Zagbëgon and other design elements already set forth. Please also submit an estimate of how much it would cost to perform the project. 

Submissions should be sent to Liz Rinehart via email at by February 28. We will make our decision in March so the project can start the end of March beginning of April, during Zagbëgon’s spring break.