FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival
Announces Inaugural Artist Selections
Chroma Zone, produced by the Creative Enterprise Zone, will be St. Paul’s first public mural and art festival.
SAINT PAUL June 18, 2019 (updated Aug. 20, 2019) — The Creative Enterprise Zone is pleased to announce Chroma Zone, St. Paul’s first public mural and art festival, happening over the course of eight days from September 7–14, 2019. Chroma Zone is a celebration of the artistry, commerce, and community within the Creative Enterprise Zone.
The festival program will include the creation of 12 large outdoor murals by local, national, and international artists over the span of eight days, as well as events with community partners within the Creative Enterprise Zone.
The winning mural artists were announced at a special event at Urban Growler Brewing Company on Tuesday, June 18, with city officials, community members, event hosts, and sponsors in attendance.
The selected artists who will be creating murals throughout the CEZ are:
Cey Adams - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mariela Ajras - Buenos Aires, Brazil
Biafra, Inc. - St. Paul
Priscila De Carvalho - Queens, N.Y.
Ewok - Santa Ana, Calif.
Fadlabi - Oslo, Norway
Eric J. Garcia - Minneapolis
Mr. Kiji - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Martzia Thometz - Minneapolis
Chuck U - Minneapolis
Claudia Valentino + Daniela Biamchini - Minneapolis
Christina Vang + Teeko Yang + Oskar Ly - St. Paul
In addition to the creation of the murals, Chroma Zone features an entire week’s worth of programming throughout the CEZ. Events include a kickoff party, the first-ever Night Market in a location outside the Little Mekong district, open studios, a tap room crawl, guided mural tours, and more.
Catherine Reid Day, Board Chair of the Creative Enterprise Zone is very much looking forward to the festival, and hopes to make it an annual event. “The CEZ board is so excited to be producing this festival for our city and our community. Like other mural festivals around the U.S. and the world, we intend for the festival to make the CEZ a destination, to make visible the amazing creative community here, to expand and deepen community engagement and connectivity, and highlight the economic development at the heart of our creative and cultural organizing.“
Schedule of events
Sept 6 Media / invitational preview event and festival launch ceremony
Sept 7–14 Chroma Zone HQ & pop-up shop open at CoCreatz
Sept 7–8 Little Mekong Night Market
Sept 7–15 Chroma-Craft Beer Week
Sept 9 Artist Talk: Fadlabi
Sept 10 Night of Womxn. Womxn Makers Market… Chroma Zone Graphic Clash… Artists Panel: Chroma Zone’s womxn artists
Sept 11 From Graffiti to Muralism. Printmakers & Sign Painters Market… Chroma Zone Graphic Clash… Artist Talks: History of Twin Cities Graffiti with Ewok, and a Conversation with Cey Adams
Sept 12 Inside-Out Night in the Creative Enterprise Zone. Chroma Zone Artist Exhibit opening… CEZ Block Party… Chroma Zone Graphic Clash.
Sept 14 Guided mural tours by bus with expert guides from Forecast Public Art
Sept 14 Blocktoberfest, street party outside Dual Citizen Brewing Co., Raymond & Myrtle
About Chroma Zone
Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival is produced and hosted by the Creative Enterprise Zone in partnership with the Minnesota-based nonprofit arts organization Forecast Public Art and the artist-led design studio Burlesque of North America. Chroma Zone is a celebration of the CEZ neighborhood, explosive color, and the unique threads of creative energy that join together to create something larger.
Chroma Zone is sponsored by Dual Citizen Brewing Co., Wycliff, Platform Apartments, Motley, St. Paul STAR Program, Mark Simonson Studio, Exeter, NewStudio Architecture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Can Can Wonderland, Ironlak, Vandalia Tower, All Energy Solar, Xcel Energy, First & First, CoCreatz, Stahl Construction, Urban Grower Brewing Company, and Lake Monster Brewing.
More info: www.chromazone.net
About The Creative Enterprise Zone
The Creative Enterprise Zone (CEZ) is a supportive coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to make its fast-changing, mid-city neighborhood a sustained destination for creative businesses. The CEZ promotes and connects individuals and organizations in the Raymond-University area to advance creative, economic, and cultural development. Located at the second largest employment center in St. Paul, the CEZ is a leader in the global movement to support cultural hubs where creative enterprises, industries, artists, nonprofits, and residents flourish.
The CEZ is located mid-city between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis and is home to over 300 studios and creative/maker places of work.
More info: www.creativeenterprisezone.org
Media kit: bit.ly/ChromaZoneMediaKit
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