TOMORROW: Mayor Jane Castor to Unveil First Mural of her Art of the Block Initiative
Art on the Block is an initiative by Mayor Jane Castor that is envisioned to bring various art forms and artists into the neighborhoods. The intent of this program is to make art accessible to all, create places from ho-hum spaces and to further incentivize curb appeal.
The inaugural project for Art on the Block is a mural at Al Barnes Park. This mural, painted by Tampa artists Tony and Junior Moore, is a tribute to Mr. Barnes, who was a beloved educator, mentor, coach and family man. The dedication for the mural is Thursday, October 31st at 4:30 p.m. (details below).
The Art on the Block program works in partnership with the private sector and across multiple city departments including Arts & Cultural Affairs, Neighborhood Empowerment, Parks & Recreation, Transportation and Stormwater, and all of the Community Redevelopment Areas. Artwork produced through the Art on the Block Program will involve multiple art forms including murals, poetry, place making improvements and other mixed media. Some artwork may be temporary, environmental in nature, or carry a message of social impact.
In bringing art to the neighborhoods, “by & with” the community and not in “service to”, this program looks to strengthen citizenry by opening communication, creating better neighbors, building future art patrons and fostering visual literacy, reducing prejudices through dialogue and opening minds and telling the stories of the neighborhood to keep their histories alive. The Initial goal is to complete two to three projects the first year; these will most likely city properties. A process is in development to work with private properties / businesses.
Event details for the Al Barnes Park mural dedication:
Thursday, October 31, 2019
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Remarks at 5:00 p.m.
Al Barnes Park
2902 N. 32nd Street
Tampa, Florida 33605
The mural is located on the north façade of the racquetball courts.
Ashley Bauman, Ashley.Bauman@tampagov.net 813-274-8262