Best Practice Highlight: Paint-A-Thon
With over 13,000 square feet of artwork spread across three intersections, the 4 lead artists brought approximately 20 supporting artists to help complete the mural installations over one weekend, to limit the need for additional traffic diversions. On this first installation day, the City hosted a “paint-a-thon” event inviting community volunteers to participate in the artmaking. Participants were given fabricated stencils to paint butterflies on the sidewalk across the bridge connecting one intersection with the others, which allowed for many people to be involved simultaneously while socially distancing. The event included five musicians, food from nine local restaurants, and games including corn hole, Jenga and Connect Four to create a unique festive atmosphere in a time when many public events are on hold. To ensure safety during the pandemic, the organizers posted signage requiring social distancing, provided masks and hand sanitizer and took the temperatures of participants as they arrived on site. The team completed nearly all of the painting on Saturday alone, with the artists returning on Sunday morning to complete the job by Sunday evening.