MURAL FEST 66
Murals to Debut on South Main
The Miami Arts & Humanities Council, 66 Cultural District, Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Miami will host the third annual Mural Fest 66, a mural festival featuring local and regional artists, food trucks, live performances, an Art Market and family activities. The festival will take place in the 100 block of South Main Street on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Four murals will be located along 1st SW and five smaller murals will be located along 1st SE in the 66 Cultural District.
The project is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Major sponsors for this event include INTEGRIS Miami, Chapters, First National Bank, Security Bank, Welch State Bank, Ace Hardware, and Osborn Drugs. Hampton Inn, PowerUp Rental, and One-Eyed Dog are major in-kind sponsors.
The eight muralists for the event, curated by the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate, include: Chris Mantle, a Tulsa artist popular for his unique Buffalo paintings; JURRI, an OKC artist whose work is driven by faces, flora, Japanese motifs, and unlikely courage; Brady Scott, a Kansas artist who draws inspiration from animals, people, history and the timeless prairie landscape; the Holey Kids, a masked duo from OKC who strive to explore the importance of connection/collaboration in all of their creations, working to drop their individualism in order to be seen as one entity; Virginia Sitzes, a printmaker and painter, who says her work is a visual manifestation of her inner thoughts; Cassie Stover, an artist with Factory Obscura, an Oklahoma City-based art collective; PRINT PARTY whose work is bold and bright, layering colors over each other and bringing to the surface pattern combinations that are often unexpected; and Kristopher Kanaly, an artist whose work can be described as contemporary pop, exhibiting a mix of abstract geometric patterns with layers of graffiti-inspired and space-themed influences. In addition, local artist and muralist Jessica Stout will be creating one of the murals. The public is encouraged to come watch the artists make these walls come alive.
Performances will include: 10:00 a.m. – Miami Little Theatre presenting selections from their current play, Route 66; 10:30 a.m. – Miami High School Band; 11:30 a.m. – Grand Lake Jazz Combo; 12:30 p.m. – Johnnie Zibert Band; 2:30 p.m. – NEO Choir. The stage will be on Main Street, located on the corner in front of Route 66 Landing.
Food trucks and vendors will be spread out over three blocks and include Pig Dig Barbeque, Chunky Monkey, Jumpin’ John’s Tacos, Sodexo, Pies to the People, Sweet Sarah’s Bakery, Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes, Just Dawgs, Frozen Elephant, and Mexican Wagon.
Family activities will include Rt. 66 Car Art, the opportunity to paint a colorful car; Discovery Zone, where you can create a City using carboard, markers, and more; a giant Jenga game; a cornhole game, and a huge slide for the little ones. There will be a special spot at the Rt. 66 Art Park to take 2019 Mural Fest 66 photos. Mural Fest 66 t-shirts will be for sale as well.
There will be an Art Market inside Miami Main, the Regional Chamber of Commerce building. Regional artists will have booths and will display and sell a variety of artwork.
Mural Fest 66 is a great event for the community. People become engaged when they can see the artists at work. Some people ask questions, and some people just want to watch. There are lots of activities, performances, and good food available as well. Some may feel motivated to buy some art from the Art Market and others may be inspired to create their own art. There is also just a huge “cool factor” involved.
Please join us for a great day of art, music, food, and fun at MURAL FEST 66! Find us on Facebook at Mural Fest 66.
The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts. The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry. The Oklahoma Arts Council provides approximately 500 grants to almost 250 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry, and manages hundreds of works of art in the public spaces of the state Capitol. Additional information is available at http://www.arts.ok.gov