Discover the people, places, and murals near Raymond and University avenues at a free, outdoor event on July 24. This family-friendly midsummer “happening” will celebrate the 2021 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2417 University Ave.
New murals will be on view in the Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) by three 2021 Chroma Zone artists. They include Thomasina Topbear, painting at 2299 W Territorial (south wall); Kao Lee Thao, painting at 2408 W Territorial Road (east wall); and Holly “Miskitoos” Henning Garcia, painting at 771 Raymond Ave (rear wall).
“In addition to debuting three new 2021 Chroma Zone murals, we are excited to introduce the artists, makers, performers, community partners and sponsors of the CEZ,” said CEZ Executive Director Angela Casselton.
“Even more so, we look forward to coming together as creatives and as a community to celebrate the power of public art (the murals) to promote, connect and engage the people and places of the CEZ. It is our mission and vision to attract and support our community to ‘Make It Here,’ to foster a greater sense of belonging and well-being, and to contribute to the long-term beauty, economic vitality, safety and walkability of our unique creative district.”
Stop by the CEZ booth to pick up a map to begin your adventure. Take a walking tour of the 10+ new murals in the Raymond-University area, or join a mural bike tour that leaves at 10 a.m. from 2417 University Ave. Register in advance or join the day of the event.
There will be art demos, hands-on activities, and live performances throughout the day.
The performing arts and dance academy CAAM Chinese Dance Theater will perform at 10:30 a.m. The Smiling Drum Studio will perform at 12:30 p.m.
Art Buddies will be on hand with free art kits for kids to take home. Learn about this one-on-one mentorship program that has been pairing creative adults with kids from the Twin Cities highest needs schools for 25 years.
Be part of making a mural yourself with Hands-on Street Mural Making.
Browse the wares of MidModMen+Friends, Barely Brothers Records, Agharta Records, Shag Studio and other CEZ vintage and collectible shops.
Sip on coffee at Roundtable Coffee, Workhorse Coffee, and Dogwood Coffee. Have a meal at Foxy Falafel, Naughty Greek, Key’s Cafe, Cafe Biaggio, The Dubliner and more. Enjoy a beer at Dual Citizen Brewing Company.
Special thanks to The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their three-year support of Chroma Zone.