Scott Allen Mural Unveiling
The National Endowment for the Arts funded the project. Allen is a Jackson native and the owner of A+ Signs and Awnings. Also watch a time-lapsed video of Allen painting the mural and learn some of his painting techniques.
- When: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
- Where: 126 Keener Ave. in Midtown
- Contact Name: Mary Elizabeth Evans
- Contact Phone: 601-354-5373
- Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Categories: Exhibit Openings (All), Arts and Crafts
Join us at 126 Keener Avenue in the Midtown community - Thursday, February 28th at 3:30pm - for the unveiling of Midtown’s newest public art work, a 10’x35’mural from local artist Scott Allen. The mural was commissioned as part of a series of activities funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through an Our Town grant. The Arts Center of Mississippi and the Hinds County Economic Development Authority, partners in the grant, join Midtown Partners, Inc. for an unveiling event featuring the artist Scott Allen describing the mural-making process. Also on site will be a time-lapse video of the mural creation and a demonstration activity led by Allen for attendees who would like to try out some of the techniques themselves!
Scott is a native Jacksonian who owns and operates A+ Signs and Awnings between Meadowbrook and Northside Drive here in Jackson. Scott has worked as designer and project manager on architectural/custom wall murals for clients such as: Hinds Community College, Tougaloo College, Mississippi College, Southern Beverage Corporation and Cellular South. Although he has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and was recently featured in the 2010 Winter Edition of Antenna Magazine, the honor he holds in highest esteem is being named official artist of the 2006 Jubilee Jam Arts and Music Festival in his hometown of Jackson.
The NEA Our Town grant supports creative place-making projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. In the spirit of engaging the community in the artistic process, Scott Allen met with residents and neighborhood organizations on multiple occasions to inform his process so that the final piece would reflect the significance of the Midtown neighborhood’s history, unique culture and vision for the future.
In addition to Allen’s mural, the Our Town grant will fund a comprehensive set of creative entrepreneurship, programming, public art work, and branding/marketing initiatives which focus on the growth of the Midtown Arts District as a source of community connectivity, energy, and pride. Major partners involved in these additional activities include the Else School of Management at Millsaps College and the Mississippi Development Authority.
This project also bolsters the larger public art initiative in Jackson supported by the Mayor and seen in the traffic signal box painting project. Numerous Jackson organizations are placing art at the center of revitalization. Along with the Our Town grant awarded to the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2011, Jackson is one of few cities nationwide to have received the grant two years in a row. Read a recent article featuring the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Midtown neighborhood in the recent NEA Arts Magazine. http://nea.gov/about/NEARTS/storyNew.php?id=06_jackson&issue=2012_v3