JONESBORO, Ark. – Two more building walls in Downtown Jonesboro are getting a big splash of color.
The Downtown Jonesboro Association Design Committee held its second call for mural artists, and has officially selected the next murals for the continuation of their public art project, ‘Fearlessly Brilliant’. The murals, which will be located in the arts and entertainment district of downtown, will be brought to life by local artists Beau Jones and Tolik Rayevskiy in early 2017.
“We are proud to bring not just one, but two new murals to Downtown Jonesboro as part of our Fearlessly Brilliant initiative” stated Steven Trotter, DJA Design Committee chair. “We are so excited to see the submissions resulting from our call for artists earlier this fall. We received over a dozen different designs to choose from.”
Fearlessly Brilliant is a public art initiative created by the Downtown Jonesboro Association in 2015 that aims to increase pedestrian traffic and enhance the streetscape of the community. Over time, more and more communities have adopted public art initiatives to enhance their streetscapes, gain value through community art via cultural, social, and economic values, and inspire creativity. Fearlessly Brilliant encompasses a wide range of artwork for downtown Jonesboro, with emphasis on highly traveled routes and public spaces. The initiative promotes community art, and provides an intersection between the past, present, and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
Trotter and the DJA Design Committee observe individuals daily interacting with the existing pieces of art completed already. “One of Downtown Jonesboro’s primary mandates is to bring people downtown to shop, eat, and play. Public art is an excellent way to do this. We’re not only creating a better destination experience, but we’re also bridging art, and the discussion of it, to the area.”
The new murals will be placed at 211 S. Main Street and at 212 Union Street. Funding for the project was provided by a grant through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
Downtown Jonesboro Association
Established in 2010, the Downtown Jonesboro Association is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide community outreach and to promote Downtown Jonesboro as the place to eat, shop and live. An official Main Street Arkansas program, the organization is made up of a board of directors, four committees, staff personnel and many local volunteers. For more information, visit http://www.downtownjonesboro.com or call the office at (870) 919-6176.