PRESS RELEASE: A-State & Downtown Mural Collaboration Launches
JONESBORO, AR | June 2nd, 2016 –A brand new mural project has kicked off in Downtown Jonesboro.
On Tuesday, May 31st, 2016, spray painted grid lines could be seen at 209 Union Street, right on the intersection of Burke and Union. The downtown public art project will be created by the Arkansas State University Fine Arts department’s students over the course of the next four weeks. This marks the first time Downtown Jonesboro has ever collaborated with A-State Fine Arts students for a downtown art project.
“This is a great concept that benefits the entire community and A-State is happy to partner with DJA. The project will engage our students with Jonesboro, and the mural will add unique beauty to downtown. Melissa Wilkinson represents A-State’s desire to bridge the gap between the campus and the city. I certainly look forward to seeing the result.” stated Dr. Tim Hudson, chancellor for Arkansas State University.
The mural project was funded by a grant provided by Wal-Mart Community Foundation, as well as contributions by Beck Children’s Clinic, NEA Coin Co., and the West End Neighborhood Association. In addition to the grant, DJA volunteers worked with the local Sherwin Williams to secure paint and art supplies for the A-State art students.
Only two days into the project, the entire community has shown tremendous support and encouragement for the artists. “Gearhead has been a part of downtown Jonesboro for almost 15 years. I love seeing the community play a part in keeping it a fun and engaging area. It’s great to see Jonesboro utilizing the resources and the talent of the ASU students and faculty to support downtown and bring this type of project to fruition.” said Ted Herget, owner of Gearhead Outfitters.
The DJA Design Committee, a volunteer task force that addresses beautification plans, safety, grants, and streetscape projects for downtown Jonesboro created a location list for potential project sites before finally choosing the 209 Union street location, owned by Rob Kline.
Part of a public art initiative termed ‘Fearlessly Brilliant’ that aims to beautify public spaces as well as spur innovative and creative ideas to add to our ever-growing community, the community hopes to bring more developments like this to Jonesboro. Melissa Wilkinson, assistant professor of art at Arkansas State University, will be overseeing the students during the formation of the mural. “All of the students are looking forward to a one-of-a-kind opportunity to both create a fixture in Jonesboro and have such exposure to their work,” Wilkinson said. “I am looking forward to getting to know all of them as well as reach out to the community.”
The mural will not be formally released to the public, but videos of the completion process will be recorded until its unveiling ceremony in late July.