Downtown St. Clair Shores, at Nine Mile Road and Mack Avenue, will be adorned with a mural this summer thanks to a $20,000 grant from Partners in Public Art.
The Cool City Committee will partner with the Detroit Institute of Arts through the Macomb Art Institute Authority to manage the project.
“PIPA grants are funded by a mileage that Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties all adopted several years ago,” said Amy Florek, a member of the Cool City Mural subcommittee. “Each year they choose a city in each county to receive a grant based on their history.”
With the advent of bi-weekly social parties in downtown St. Clair Shores and the impending creation of a downtown development authority to foster economic growth in the area, Florek figured Area 9-Mack was the perfect place for a mural. PIPA agreed, awarded the grant, and now the Cool City Committee is planning the details of the project.
“It’s really exciting because it will help establish our downtown and put St. Clair Shores on the map,” Florek said.
The Cool City Committee is seeking residents’ feedback on the planned mural. There is a short poll posted on their Facebook page asking residents what style of art they would like to see as well as what subject matter they would find most desirable. The survey will also be posted on the city’s website and hard copies will be available at the St. Clair Shores Public Library. Florek also plans to make the paper surveys available at the St. Clair Shores Senior Center.
“I love that this project is cohesive with the community,” Florek said. “We really try to make an effort to make sure everyone has the opportunity to complete the survey to get a good amount of feedback.”
Depending on the style of art and the subject matter preferred by the residents, the artists will be selected by the Murel sub-committee.
“We will work directly with the DIA and they will help us select a muralist, but we also want to consider local artists,” Florek said. “There might be high school artists who can help or art teachers or people from the St. Clair Shores Lakeside Palette Club. This is going to be a community effort and we want to use local resources.
As for the exact location of the mural in the 9-Mack area, a final decision has yet to be made. Weather permitting, Florek expects work to begin in late spring or early summer and be completed this year.