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—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:

Mariela Ajras - Buenos Aires, Brazil

Fadlabi - Oslo, Norway

Cey Adams - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mr. Kiji - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Priscila De Carvalho - Queens, N.Y.

Biafra, Inc. - St. Paul

Martzia Thometz - Minneapolis

EWOK - Santa Ana, Calif.

Christina Vang + Teeko Yang + Oskar Ly - St. Paul

Eric J. Garcia - Minneapolis

Chuck U - Minneapolis

Claudia Valentino + Daniela Biamchini - Minneapolis

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

  • Sept 7  Public opening & murals kickoff

  • Sept 7-8  Little Mekong Night Market

  • Sept 8  Chroma Zone beer crawl

  • Sept 9-11  TBD Community partner activities

  • Sept 12   Open studios & mural artist exhibit

  • Sept 13  Public festival party

  • Sept 14  Mural tours

  • Sept 14 Dual Citizen’s Blocktoberfest

Twitter: @ChromaZoneFest

Instagram: @chromazonefest

Hashtags: #ChromaZone

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, Exeter, NewStudio Architecture, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Vandalia Tower, All Energy Solar, Xcel Energy, First & First.

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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.

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Mary Quinn McCallum