Mural to be painted in IM downtown in June

IRON MOUNTAIN -The Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority/Main Street (DDA/MS) has been awarded a grant of $4,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

The grant was awarded the MCACA peer review process and was one of the 233 applications to compete for the MCACA fiscal year 2012 funding.

“We are thrilled about this collaborative effort between the MCACA and the DDA/MS to help support our Power of Words community mural project,” noted DDA/MS Manager Jonathan Ringel.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project includes Rocconi Ace Hardware, Blackstone Pizza Co., Superior Aviation and the Dickinson Area Community Foundation.

“The Iron Mountain DDA/MS also receives significant volunteer support from the community and appreciates the help of local art students, art teachers and artists from the community including Darlene O’Connor and Joan Game.

The Power of Words project is will result in the painting of a mural on the alley wall of the Blackstone Pizza Co. building on East Hughitt Street designed by artist Mia Tavonatti, an Iron Mountain native.

The community will be invited into the creative process through an online vote to determine the “One Word” that will become the theme for the mural, and numerous grants will be awarded by the Svelata Foundation to local artists and students who will participate in the painting of the mural under the direction of Mia Tavonatti. Public participation is strongly encouraged.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals.

This ensures the taxpayers who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experience, Ringel added.