07 March 2016

Discover the Pittsburg ArtWalk "Your Downtown" Mural located in Pittsburg, Kansas



The Pittsburg ArtWalk in Pittsburg, Kansas has been a local happening since 2005. For 2015 ArtWalk, in collaboration with SEK Art Fest, a completed public art piece entitled "Your Downtown" located at the northwest corner of 5th Street and Broadway was dedicated.  It was so beautiful that I had to photograph it and share with the world on Roundme. I also put it on Google Maps. Both apps have a VR mode for iOS and Android smartphones so get that Google Cardboard on and take a stroll!

The execution of "Your Downtown" was completed in two stages.  In Stage 1, the Pittsburg ArtWalk commissioned six artists to complete a mural on the side of the 501 N Broadway building. Each artist was provided a panel of wall space to complete the theme.



Pittsburg ArtWalk Downtown Mural
Pittsburg ArtWalk Mural 2015

Blank wall, ripe for a mural! Source: Google Maps Street View 2013


Then in Stage 2, ArtWalk obtained a grant from the SEK Art Fest to help complete the second phase of the mural, which is the black and white lettering above the panels that says:
"Pittsburg is your downtown and your voice. Share. Beauty. Love. Fun. Build. Strength. Unite. Joy. Believe. Create. People. Shop local. Help a neighbor. Tip the band. Be kind. Support. Buy art. Hope for. Vision. Live. Peace. Explore. Connect. Our community is a better place because of you!"
All in all, it took seven artists to complete the mural. One even traveled from Omaha, Nebraska to contribute.

The mural was dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and artists recognition reception on September 11, 2015.

The next Pittsburg ArtWalk for 2016 is slated for April 22. If you're an artist, and you're interested in participating,  ArtWalk is putting out a Call For Artists so be sure to sign up!








Pittsburg ArtWalk would like to thank the following artists, organizers, and sponsors:

ARTISTS:
  • Kelci Cooper
  • Elizabeth Cosby
  • Camillia Fearmonti
  • Heather L Horton (assisted)
  • Holly Kranker
  • Bryan Lewandowski
  • Amanda Smardo
  • Jenna Spencer

ORGANIZERS:
  • Kelci Cooper
  • Kris Hartley
  • Heather L Horton
  • Roger Horton
  • John Kutz

SPONSORS:
  • 3M
  • CDL Electric
  • JS Kutz Rentals & Construction
  • Pittsburg ArtWalk
  • SEK Art Fest
  • Sweet Designs Cakery
  • TJ Lelands


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