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Artists Wanted For West Side Mural Project

May 6, 2019

Calling all artists, the Street Art Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania is looking for you.

The organization recently was awarded a $50,000 grant to paint 15 murals on buildings on the West Side of Luzerne County in the communities of Edwardsville, Kingston and Luzerne.

Now, the group is looking for ideas and artists to complete the murals.

“We were inspired by what we saw take place in downtown Pittston over the last few years. Mural art brought new life to their Main Street, changed the entire vibe of their city,” said Jenna Casaldi of Kingston, chairwoman of the Street Art Society. “There is no reason why we can’t make that happen here.”

Those interested are invited to a community meeting Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of 900 Rutter Ave. in Forty Fort.

The organization is hosting a contest to choose artists for the murals. Those chosen will receive between $500 and $3,000 following completion of the murals.

The Street Art Society of NEPA was formed last August after Amy Bezek, the group’s promotions coordinator, had attended borough meetings advocating for the beautification of Edwardsville.

“We had all approached council on separate occasions seeking support for various art-related projects. We saw our potential to work as a team, and to have a positive impact on the West Side,” Bezek said.

Laura Holbrook, the group’s grant writer, helped the organization obtain a $50,000 grant through Luzerne County’s Local Share Account, which is funded by tax revenue generated by the state’s casinos, including Mohegan Sun Pocono.

“Our goal is to have the greatest impact we possibly can within our budget, but we are hoping to do some additional fundraising so that we can keep the project going, and adequately support the artists involved,” Holbrook said.

Photos of the buildings on which murals will be painted are posted on the Street Art Society NEPA’s Facebook page, where the submission guidelines and artist’s application can be found.

Artists may also pick up an application at the submission drop-off location, Marquis Art & Frame on South Mains Street in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The contest deadline is May 26.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

 

IF YOU GO

The Street Art Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of 900 Rutter Ave. in Forty Fort about plans to paint 15 murals on buildings in Edwardsville, Kingston and Luzerne.