Mural painting marathon event on Lyndale Avenue going on now!

The finished kickoff mural at 35th and Nicollet

From July 24th to 27th we will have local and national artists coming together to paint 10 murals on 8 sites in 4 days along Nicollet Avenue from Lake Street to 46th Street. We believe that the art created will help set a new standard for public art in Minneapolis. You can check out all of the site designs at the main site page or as a slideshow.

A big part of this event is to bring people together to build community; to that end I wanted to personally invite you to a couple of the bigger events we're having during the week. You can check out the full event schedule here. We're also encouraging people to come down and see the murals being painted.

Family Friendly Art Activities

MLK Park (4055 Nicollet Avenue)
Saturday, July 26th
1 to 5 pm

Join us for family friendly art activities from Leonardo's Basement, the Minnesota Opera Company, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Art in the Park. The event will also feature musical performances from Minneapolis City Council Members Elizabeth Glidden and Scott Benson and the Minnesota Opera Company as well as a performance by Franko Master Hypnotist.

Walldogs on Nicollet Block Party

Zion Lutheran Church (128 West 33rd Street)
Saturday, July 26th
5 to 11 pm

The Walldogs on Nicollet Block Party will celebrate all the work the artists and volunteers have done to complete this amazing project. The event will feature gyro dinners, a beer garden, and the drawing for the winners of the Walldogs raffle. The event itself is free with a $5 suggested donation. Food and beer are extra.

The entertainment lineup for the night is:
5:00 to 6:00 pm – Threshold
6:00 to 7:30 pm – Cornbread Harris
7:30 to 8:30 pm – Artist Celebration, during the artist celebration we will recognize the lead artists for the project and auction off the mock-ups of their mural designs.
8:30 to 10:30 pm – Curtiss A and the Jerk's of Fate

If you have some extra time this week, we're still looking for volunteers to help at events and paint the murals, just drop me a line and let me know when you're available. Another way to support the project is to help out with the Walldogs Raffle, which we're doing to help pay for the project. The grand prize for the raffle is a wine cellar of wine & beer donated from community members worth at least $800. So let me know if you have a favorite bottle that you'd like to contribute to the cause or if you would like to purchase some raffle tickets to take your shot at winning the prize. In addition to the wine cellar we have a ton of other great raffle prizes.