Paintings with Purpose: Murals are a visible barometer of Flint’s recovery

Paintings with Purpose: Murals are a visible barometer of Flint’s recovery

They chronicle our stories, showcase our ideals and aspirations and, in Flint, serve as a visible barometer of recovery efforts.

That’s the power of the Flint Public Art Project, which completed 50 of its planned murals in time for Flint’s first-ever international mural festival, which will take place Oct. 7 through Oct. 12.

The festival, scheduled to celebrate the installation of 15 new murals along the city’s South Saginaw Corridor, is getting an added boost from a Patroncity campaign aimed at raising $15,000 to support the art installations.

The murals’ muse is a collective of six South Flint neighborhood residents responsible for selecting the final installations scheduled to be installed in their neighborhoods.

If the $15,000 goal is met by Sept. 27, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places program will award a matching grant to the City of Flint to support its mural festival.

“This first ever international mural festival in Flint speaks to the level of culture and talent that not only exists here but that we can attract to this great city,” said Mayor Weaver, who issued a call to city residents and stakeholders to support the patroncity campaign.

Lead photo courtesy of City of Flint/Patroncity

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