SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Mural Festival will return this summer for the first time since its inaugural run in 2019.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will join with organizers at Pynchon Park at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to announce the festival. It will run from June 5th through the 13th.
There will be 10 walls painted with at least two large-scale murals will be painted by local artists this year. One will go in Mason Square, the other will replace the mural on the Mosque 13 building on State Street. All of the murals will be painted in collaboration with the community, and will be viewed on daily bus tours through the city.
Director of Commonwealth Murals Britt Ruhe hopes the festival will help promote civic engagement and cultural appreciation, “The murals themselves tell stories. They tell stories about our history, they tell stories about where we are right now, and they tell stories about where we hope to go in the future.”
The painting of the murals will be open to the public, with no artistic experience required.