The STL Mural Project is proud to present such an exciting opportunity, in partnership with Lab1500.
The mural design team will be led by Theresa Hopkins, Megan Rieke, and Chelsea Marie Ritter-Soronen. The design process will be truly collaborative, to stay consistent with the spirit of our mural: a visual fusion of entrepreneurship and creativity. We plan on discussing ideas with residents in the immediate area, and incorporating elements of the area's history. We are currently fully invested in the creative process but need your support to continue. As soon as we begin receiving Kickstarter donations, we will begin sketching, coloring, community organizing, and illustrating small-scale renderings of the mural. We'll be sure to give you photo updates as our campaign moves along!
Inspired by the tremendous work of Lab1500 our mural will visually showcase innovation, entrepreneurship, and the boldly creative nature of the Art and Entrepreneurship communities in St. Louis.
THERESA is a successful and passionate art teacher of 16 years, who has always taught in urban districts and is consistently inspired by the opportunities that blank walls all over the city provide for public art. She is currently working in the Normandy school district, where she has been selected as Teacher of the Year. She was a leading artist in last summer's Urban Beautification Project, which covered dozens of city dumpsters in gorgeous murals. Additionally, Theresa regularly shows her art around shows and galleries in St. Louis.
MEGAN is another St. Louis native, who is an active participant in our current arts scene. She has shown in over 30 gallery exhibitions, participates in many live art events, and has been commissioned to do several paintings that adorn walls in New York City, Kansas City, and St. Louis. In 2012, she was selected for an Award of Excellence from Art St. Louis and was a semifinalist for RAW in St. Louis.
CHELSEA balances her life as a restaurant manager and artist, driven by the belief that there are no two more important things to a community than art and food. She has been working as a muralist for restaurants and private residences for three years, and has made it her personal mission to ensure that as many blank walls are "muralized" as possible in St. Louis. Chelsea volunteers with a number of major non-profits, sharing public art skills as a tool for personal expression and community activism.
The mural site is in the heart of The Garment District, where St. Louis once had a thriving fashion industry, second only to New York City. Now, Washington Avenue is home to trendy restaurants, loft housing, and new businesses. The infamous City Museum is a couple blocks away. City Garden is close by, as well as the Cardinals' Busch Stadium, and the St. Louis Arch and Riverfront. Because this specific block is full of old buildings with blank walls, there are many other wall opportunities to pursue. With your help, Washington Avenue could become a mural-centric district, and therefore be truly reflective of its growing arts and entertainment scenes. With any luck, "muralization" will potentially grow in other areas of St.Louis as well.
So of ALL walls in St. Louis, why did we choose this one, you ask? Because of its exposure, its history, its ability to add color and inspiration to a growing and thriving area. Additionally, we believe that by combining forces of arts and entrepreneurship industries, we can hopefully motivate more collaboration in the future. If we can create a gorgeous and lasting piece of motivating artwork, think of what else we can accomplish -- together!
SOME BIG, COLLABORATIVE THINGS WE'VE PAINTED BEFORE:
THE STL MURAL PROJECT
The STL Mural Project is a freeform coalition of artists, activists and art-loving citizens that believe in the power of public art to transform any urban environment. This group offers dynamic meetings and social media outlets to share ideas, gain support for projects, and work together to create more public art in St. Louis, MO.
While still evolving, we have many goals we want to accomplish, including a mural festival, a street art gallery, and of course, more murals!
The future is nothing but exciting for the STL Mural Project, and we truly believe that once complete, this Lab1500 mural will open the doors of opportunity to many more. Eventually, we want to found a non-profit organization that will aim to beautify urban spaces, by utilizing the mural-making process as a tool to organize and empower St. Louis communities.
FUTURE DREAM PROJECTS!
Right now, we are completely focused on the success of this mural. However, it's hard to sleep at night, when there are so many potential walls in St. Louis, ripe for muralization! Below are just a few of our ever-growing potential dream mural sites. We truly believe that the execution of this mural at Lab1500 will open the doors of opportunity to many of these walls.
We want to have more chalk art festivals! We want to work with the city to create more free art space for street artists and muralists! We want to organize an annual mural festival, and we even want to host a mural arts workshop series! Our dreams are big. Our only option is to find walls that are big enough to hold them.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully, the challenge of securing a mural site has been accomplished. However, the wall is caked in grit, and washing it will be tricky.The wall is just over two stories high, and about thirty feet wide! This requires lots of paint, many helping hands, and scaffolding and/or a moveable boom, which will be our biggest expense. Organizing our volunteer base to align with the semi-scattered schedules of our contributing artists will be a challenge (but it's nothing we haven't conquered before!)
Our biggest challenge is to incorporate more exterior murals into the St. Louis cityscape. The STL Mural Project is a growing group of volunteers that believe in the power of art. Our goal is to produce 100 murals; what a great challenge to tackle!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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