Project Overview

Art gallery.

The backside of the structure will feature eight viewing windows to be filled with local artwork and history pieces from the Art à Loan partnership between the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History and the Jackson Civic Art Association.  The Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History and the Jackson Public Arts Commission will serve as art exhibit curators, and will be responsible for signage to educate the public on the mural and exhibits.

Performance area.

The angled overhead roofing on the structure encases the viewing area for the mural and serves a dual purpose as an outdoor performance area. The DDA’s Jammin’ in Jackson, Jackson School of the Arts (JSA), Jackson Symphony Orchestra (JSO), Jackson Civic Arts Association as well as numerous organizations are already planning future performance and exhibit use of this facility with the JPAC.

Lighted display.

The mural, designed and fabricated by Glassart Studio under the direction of artist Glidden Parker, consists of thick slabs of colored, faceted glass assembled onto panels and bolted onto a steel frame, depicting the history of power generation and distribution: eight hundred lights behind the mural flash in sequence, giving the appearance of power from a central reactor moving through a heat exchanger and turbine.

Project Concept

The proposed location of the mural is in the newly completed Horace Blackman Park in downtown Jackson.

Mural in action

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"We are eager to undertake this project, and several smaller place-making component projects, simultaneously as part of a current downtown infrastructure improvement effort to upgrade utilities, improve streetscaping, and provide enhanced spaces for future public art displays around the urban core park. The community has embraced the downtown initiative and this project, which also helped in attracting developers to the Hayes Hotel, adjacent to the project site. The structure will not only complete the park, but it will also recognize a significant nostalgic focal point downtown and will show the intrinsic and economic value of art within our community. "
Derek Dobies, Vice Mayor

Our Funding

Allegiance Health and Consumers worked with the City to cover the costs to remove and house the mural before demolition of the building, and they are also willing to help with the planning and financial obligations of this project. The project has already received a $50,000 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) “Our Town” grant, a $75,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a contribution of $100,000 from CP Federal Credit Union, a contribution of $50,000 from the Weatherwax Foundation, and a $119,000 commitment in the FY15/16 City of Jackson budget. The total raised for this project is $394,000.
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Jackson Public Arts Commission

This project is awesome. I want to help do more projects like this.