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!

 

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Initiatives

2020 Census Hub Established to ensure our region gets an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 census
Access to Recreation Allowing everyone the opportunity to get out and explore
Cultural Awareness Coalition Our Mission: To promote, encourage, share and sustain cultural awareness throughout Midland.
Exploring Our Future Ensuring Midland remains a strong, vibrant, welcoming community well into the future
Midland Area Youth Action Council Providing grantmaking and other philanthropic opportunities to area youth
Midland Believes Midland Believes is a different kind of scholarship targeting economically disadvantaged and first-generation college-going students i.e. none of the parents/guardians have earned a college degree
Midland County Career and College Access Network (CCAN) Working to provide everyone in Midland County access to postsecondary education
Public Arts Midland Public Arts Midland is a space to help people create connections through public art.
Ready For School The goal of this initiative is for every child in Midland County to receive at least one year of high-quality preschool prior to kindergarten.
River Days The free family event culminates with a spectacular fireworks show
Santa House Each year, Santa comes to Midland on the Tuesday evening after Thanksgiving. He arrives at the Tridge, makes his way up Ashman St. and helps our community light the Courthouse for the Holidays. Then he makes his way over to the Santa House where he brings joy to the community throughout the Christmas season.
The Big Give A men's Giving Circle impacting nonprofits in Midland County
Violence Prevention Partnership Promoting the safety and well-being of our citizens