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Recently, I discovered the most incredible thing in Wynwood (Miami), FL: enormous, beautiful, graffiti mural art covering blocks of ramshackle buildings in a dreary, little part of town that used to be a hub of industry.
Primary Flight (www.primaryflight.com) started and continues the mural project in Wynwood, and they do an extraordinary job. They're perfect curators for the medium, and the murals are always art. Always.
What We Want To Do:
- Arte Coop (learn more about us here: www.facebook.com/theartecoop) will work with both the City of Tampa and property owners to secure outdoor, wall space for mural painting in Seminole Heights (includes all "burroughs").
- Arte Coop will commission (yes, pay) local artists to cover whatever wall space there is available with urban, street art.
- The entire community becomes more vibrant, fosters a greater sense of culture, and achieves "destination" status within the city, which can, in turn, have a very positive affect on the local economy.
Why Seminole Heights Is Ideal:
- Seminole Heights is a small community (for now) of passionate citizens that care about each other, the character of the neighborhood, and the unique culture of urban Tampa.
- Within the area, there is great diversity, a sense of openness, and a pattern of appreciation for the arts (see Tempus Projects: www.tempus-projects.com, Kirk Ke Wang's Art Space: www.kirkkewang.com, and even Microgroove, holding it down for the art of music: www.facebook.com/microgroovetampa)
- There is also a pattern of sad, barren buildings running down the main corridors of the neighborhood where businesses are trying to thrive--some sweet street art would fix that.
It's not tough! Just 4 Easy Steps:
- Find someone who owns an awesome building with a giant wall facing the street in Seminole Heights to say we can paint on it.
- Ask the City of Tampa to give us whatever necessary permits...and maybe "grant" us some cash.
- Find artists to step-up and take on some serious urban art.
- Ask friends and neighbors to support us with their voice, their talent, and if they can, their dollars.
What do you think? Should Tampa have urban art? If so, sign the petition, and Arte Coop will make it happen from there.
+ any questions, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Jeremiah Garcia © 2009. Photo taken from the Primary Flight website: www.primaryflight.com/murals/gallery. We do not own the rights to this picture and are sharing it for example purposes only.
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