Work with professional muralist Langston Allston to design a reading-themed mural. Later this summer, we will paint the mural on a building in downtown Urbana for everyone to enjoy. This is your chance to learn how to create a mural and design a piece of artwork that will decorate downtown Urbana for years to come!
Because the design will be created over multiple meetings, attendance at all meetings is required. Please register only if you are able to attend all of the meetings.
There are 12 open spaces for this program. Since there are more people interested in the program than there are spaces, the spaces will be drawn at random between those who are registered and those who are wait listed. Participants have until April 29 to sign up and will be notified by April 30 if they have received a spot. If a space becomes free later, another participant's name will be drawn.
If you are not able to take part in the design phase, you can still participate in painting the mural later this summer! Sign-up for painting will open mid-summer.
Langston Allston has been creating public art and showing work nationally since 2017. His portfolio includes a residency with the National Public Housing Museum in Chicago, a duo show with Demond Melancon at MOCADA in Brooklyn, and a multimedia collaboration with poet Kevin Coval on his book Everything Must Go. Langston's work is rooted in observation and storytelling, and his mural work comes from a process of collaboration, reflection, and working closely with peers, community members, and culture bearers.
Paid for in part by the City of Urbana Arts and Culture Grant and The Urbana Free Library Foundation.