Power of Words Project Mural voting under way

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority/Main Street (DDA/MS) and Blackstone Pizza in conjunction with the Svelata Foundation have announced that the voting for the Power of Words Project runs through the end of May.

Local residents of all ages young and old are invited to choose one word that defines the vision they hold for the future of the Iron Mountain community.

Voting can take place by visiting and clicking on the voting tab at the top of the page. Those voting may submit their own word or vote from the existing words already submitted by local residents.

“We are excited about the opportunity to invite native artist Mia Tavonatti back to Iron Mountain for this project which really requires the community to get involved and select the word which will be depicted in the mural,” said DDA/MS Manager Jonathan Ringel.

“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 so once we complete the voting we will be looking for financial support, sponsors and local artist interested in participating in the mural painting,” Ringel said.

“I am really looking forward to utilizing the talents of local artists to improve this faade of Blackstone Pizza and enhance the downtown,” said Mark McKinnon, Blackstone Pizza representative.

In 2009, Mia Tavonatti, an award winning artist now residing in southern California, established the Svelata Foundation which has recently launched the Power of Words Project.

The project weaves together art, artists, students and community by bringing the power of words to life through collaborative murals. Each participating community will be asked to vote to find the one word that defines their vision for their community’s future.

“It’s a very simple idea: thoughts become word and words become actions,” said Mia Tavonatti.

“We are thrilled that the Power of Words Project will allow local residents to come together and vote on their favorite word while providing an opportunity for local artist to get involved,” said local artist Joan Game. “We especially thank the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs for their generous $4,000 grant to support this venture.”

Persons interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to visit the Power of Words Project website at

Persons wishing to become involved with the project or wishing to donate can contact the Iron Mountain DDA/MS at 774-8534 or