CLEARWATER, Fla.- The city of Clearwater’s ongoing commitment to the arts continues on June 19 with the painting of a mural at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue. The mural is part of an upcoming series of artwork planned for city-owned properties downtown.
The Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency has partnered with St. Petersburg-based artist Cecilia Lueza to transform the intersection into a celebration of color.
Lueza, a nationally recognized artist known for her vibrant, engaging murals was selected from a list of over 190 applicants from across the country.
“It’s important to me to create works that are engaging, timeless, innovative, and provide a sense of place and identity to public spaces,” said Lueza. “I love the challenge of conquering large walls and spaces with beautiful and meaningful art. It brings an amazing feeling of accomplishment.”
Lueza will begin work on the mural June 19 and will be painting over the course of two days at the Cleveland Street site, where the public and media is invited to see the art come to life in Downtown Clearwater. The intersection will also be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Friday evening and will re-open early Monday morning.
The new mural, the second of three to be commissioned in the coming months, builds upon the success of the CRA’s initial program, which saw four murals painted on city-owned and private properties throughout downtown. The program fulfills the organization’s mission to create high-quality public spaces by weaving art and culture into the fabric of everyday life.
“We’re thrilled to see this next phase energize our community this year, as downtown becomes the next great arts destination in Tampa Bay,” said Community Redevelopment Director Amanda Thompson.
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