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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:28 pm 
Nobody seems to know just how many murals there are in the City Of Murals but, dropped right in the middle of the current Clay Festival, was the dedication of 2 new mosaic murals; i've written about them before. One was installed in April and grouted just in time for the dedication Sunday in the Big Ditch Park; it depicts the creation of the gorge that replaced Main St in 1907.

Friday was the dedication of the just completed more whimsical mosaic in front of the Silver City Library. the mosaic is actually longer than the line of participants, shown below, in the Youth Mural Camp who made tile and installed the piece. See below for more photos.

Those task with promoting tourism in Silver City are really dropping the ball. Consider this, murals are popular among tourists, they're free and never close and based on my interviews and research a good estimate for a 7 by 10 block area in the historic downtown plus the SC Library and Penny Park there are 50+ murals both painted but mostly mosaic tiles by the "Youth Mural Program"; not listed nor counted in this estimate are many private installations visible from the streets within the same area and elsewhere within the Town such as the murals at the corner of Cooper and Market (Zoe's Gallery) nor 6th and Texas (A-Space Gallery) and many others.

There is a brochure with map hidden under the counter at the Visitors Center which does not cover any murals newer than 2012 but does go back as far as 2003 with the Youth Mural Program murals; the same out-of-date map is available for download at the Mimbres Region Arts Council website which calls it "our new Mural Brochure and Map", again 5 years out-of-date.

Again, I'll repeat, these are a year-round always open reason to visit Silver City, the "City of Murals" that those task with tourist promotion are missing and as a tourist walks the mural tour they pass the stores and restaurants also on the route.



The Big Ditch Park Mural was dedicated Friday, is very long and recounts the story of the creation of the gorge in both images and words.
See HERE for article and close ups of early installation

 Author: Rebecca Martin
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:13 am 
I couldn't agree more about the value of the murals, for the community and for the visitors. As the person who manages the visitor center I would love to have a current brochure to put in the hands of visitors, and hope that the Mimbres Region Arts Council, the entity that runs the mural program, will soon update their material. I have only a few copies of the last brochure, and keep them under the desk so that I can offer them to visitors who are keenly interested. I expect I will soon run out altogether. Printing costs are very high and most organizations have barely enough money to run the programs themselves, so I am continually challenged to have enough brochures on most topics. I understand the challenge that MRAC faces with creating a current brochure, since as soon as they go to press they'll have another mural to include and so it will need updating almost immediately. Please know that the murals are pointed out to visitors and they are encouraged to look for them around town. Thank you for showing the murals here and reminding our community members of our wonderful treasure!

 Author: crow
PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:03 pm 
Rebecca, first, I'm impressed with the job you do at the visitors center with staffing, cleanliness and interesting displays of art and vintage photographs. You bring up an interesting point about a costly new brochure will be out-of-date before it gets to the printer so I suggest a well built and maintained website that cn be used by tourists cell phones and tablets and computers at the motels and the visitor center; small brochures can then be provided in the racks found in the visitors center, throughout town and the County that introduce the murals and give the website.

I also propose that the ACD ('Those tasked with promoting tourism") include "City of Murals" in their advertising around the state and across country.

 Author: bdlb
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:44 am 
The deadline to submit a design for the Silver City Welcome Sign has been extended to the end of August.
Perhaps someone could use the Tile Mural form as the basis for a design?
Self-referential advertising as it were...

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