Public Arts Midland
Public Arts Midland is a space to help people create connections through public art. We believe that art connects, heals, inspires, teaches, and speaks to us in myriad ways that build stronger and more vibrant communities. Public art gives our community a collective voice and a way to express our values while it brings awareness of and beauty to our city’s physical and cultural landscape.
Our vision for 2021 is the idea that “art observes.” After a tumultuous last year for the world, we feel it’s imperative to step back, be aware of what’s happening around and be good listeners. What does this mean for public art specifically? Art inspires us and propels us forward, giving a voice to diverse experiences and people. Art is a catalyst for belonging and provides an opportunity to share our stories and be an observer.
As we reflect on the inaugural Art Seen Festival, we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to link arms with Midland Center for the Arts’ Summer Art Fair, Creative 360’s Community Mural and Art Speaks Festival events, and Mural Blast to bring people together in one incredible art-filled weekend.
The 2021 festival was kicked off with a beautiful large-scale mural being painted by local artists Jazzmyn Benitez (enjoylifejazzmynbenitez.com), Dacia Parker (parkerlaneart.com), and their fantastic team! The community was invited to paint the mural along with the artist team and we were honored to witness many people experiencing the power of public art in Midland!
The mural is located on the side wall of “Twice is Nice” in downtown Midland (the parking lot is accessible off McDonald St, between E Main St and E Larkin St.). Check it out!