Gateway Community Mural Project

The Gateway Community Mural Project is a highly participatory artist-lead, student driven, community art project.

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A collaboration between Schmitt and artist Sara K Udvig, the mural design is the result of nine different design workshops in which we engaged over 150 members of the local community to  articulate in words, drawing, and stories the image of their community. Schmitt and Udvig combined those images to create a massive (300 foot long) paint-by-number  on the retaining wall along 15th Avenue South East in Minneapolis, MN. This accessible format allowed hundreds of community members, of all ages and walk of life, to pick-up a paint brush and work collectively to create this lasting symbol of community togetherness.

This work was a collaboration between the artists Carly Schmitt and Sara K Udvig, The Student Neighborhood Liaison Program at the University of Minnesota, and The South East Como Improvement Association.  This project was funded through a Community Arts Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council & an award from the Good Neighbor Fund, with in-kind contributions from Valspar Paint and Home Depot. This activity was funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
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