Following the better-than-expected success of the last “DIY Mural” project, the City joins the Yuma team of the Arizona Creative Communities Institute in inviting volunteers for the next project, taking place May 6-11.
The commitment from volunteers is simple: Show up and paint one square foot of the designed community mural. Painting experience is not necessary – volunteers will be on hand to assist, and some squares consists only of one single, solid color.
Join in the painting at your convenience between the hours of 2 to 6 p.m. May 6-10 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 11 at Roxaboxen Park, 835 S. 2nd Avenue. Participating is free and all supplies are provided.
“There are so many wonderful works of public art popping up throughout our community, and one of the questions I get asked the most is, ‘how can I get involved?’ DIYmurals is a perfect project to get involved on the ground level and is designed to let anyone pick up a paint brush and leave a mark on a large scale mural,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka.
DIY Murals is a public art project happening throughout the greater Yuma area and was created by the Arizona Creative Community Institute’s Team Yuma aiming to “cross-pollinate” community members and beautify the community.
The project kicked off in the fall of 2018 when 3 murals were installed across Yuma County. One on the Foothills Library, one in San Luis at the PPEP Park, and in the Big Curve area. Now in a second year of programming, murals will be installed throughout 2019 in Roxaboxen Park, Rolls and Bowls in San Luis, City Hall Plaza in Somerton, and on the Arizona Western College campus.
“The mural designs themselves are very accessible, meaning anyone can do it regardless of artistic ability,” Benacka said. Also ingrained in the project is to get our community members out and about accessing new or different areas that they might not otherwise go to.”
About AZ CCI
The Arizona Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) is a learning program wherein diverse teams from Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods reimagine community assets and devise meaningful projects that place creative engagement, ethical and equitable practices, and local wisdom at the center. With local and national artists and creative entrepreneurs as collaborators, AZ CCI teams work alongside their neighbors and across the AZ CCI network in support of community transformation through the arts.
The AZ CCI is an initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Arizona. The AZ CCI has been made possible by a grant from the Surdna Foundation with additional support from the Arizona Community Foundation.
For more information, contact the Yuma Art Center at 928-373-5202 or at Arts@yumaaz.gov. Follow the project on Facebook and Instagram @DIYMurals.