SAGINAW, MI – Seven local artists will collaborate to paint a section of a Saginaw Street over the weekend.
From 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, the large Paint-A-Thon mural project will take place on Court Street from the intersections of Michigan Avenue to Fordney Avenue.
The public is invited to join the artists to participate in the creation of part of the murals. Several restaurants in the old town offer free samples throughout the day and local bands will also be performing.
The project is funded by a $ 25,000 grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative Grant, which annually chooses 16 small and medium-sized cities in the United States to fund “visual art interventions,” according to Bloomberg Philanthropies .
Through this grant and the art it creates, the group hopes to remake Saginaw streets, improve public safety, inspire people, attract visitors and improve the quality of life for residents, a press release from the city.
The artists working on the asphalt murals are Lark Allen, Nyesha Clark-Young, Stephan Hargash, Geoffrey Pelkey, Laura Mettam, Jesse Schmidt and Tristan Zamora.
“I am a multimedia artist with a strong interest in community projects. I believe The Great Mural asphalt project is a great way to promote and showcase the diversity of the Saginaw community and the many things this town has to offer, ”said Allen, lead artist for the project.
Court Street will be closed from 7 a.m. on September 26 to 5 a.m. on Monday, September 28, to allow sufficient time to complete the murals and allow the paint to dry.
Social distancing guidelines will be implemented and face masks are required inside local businesses.
For information, visit https://www.greatmuralproject.com/