The American Mural Project is hosting an Open Mill event on Sunday, January 19, 2020 to view the current mural installation progress. Two tours are offered at 1PM and 2PM, lasting approximately 45 minutes each. As American Mural Project is not currently open to the public, this event provides a first-hand sneak peek into the installation process before it is complete, which is anticipated to be in the next two years.
Open Mill visits include an overview of Founder and Artistic Director Ellen Griesedieck’s inspiration for the mural, as well as AMP’s current and future plans for the mural, education programs, and expansion. Through staff-guided tours, visitors will learn about the mural’s tribute to American workers, the people depicted in the mural, and why the subjects were chosen. Tours also provide an opportunity to hear stories about the represented workers and to ask questions.
“Although there is much more of the mural to be installed, the recent huge step in the process has transformed this amazing space in a way that can’t be described,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the American Mural Project. “Pictures do not do it justice. Seeing it in person is the only way to experience the full effect, scale, and artistry unfolding.”
To reserve a space or for more information, please visit https://www.americanmuralproject.org/events or call 860-379-3006.
About the American Mural Project:
Launched in 2002 by artist Ellen Griesedieck, the American Mural Project (AMP) is creating the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world—a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high, and up to ten feet deep. The mural is a tribute to American workers and highlights what has defined the country over the last century. It seeks to inspire, to educate, to invite collaboration, and to reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture. Nothing like it exists in the world.
More than 15,000 children and adults have helped create pieces of the mural, which will be housed in two former mill buildings on Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut. Scope Construction finished renovations on the mural building in fall 2018, and the lengthy process of assembling and installing the mural is now underway. Programming is currently offered for schools and teachers, after-school partnerships, summer enrichment camps, and an apprentice-style internship program.
Lead funding for the American Mural Project has been provided by the Newman’s Own Foundation, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, and the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent additional support has been provided by the Connecticut Community Foundation, Draper Fund, Eversource Foundation, and Northwest Community Bank.