Murals beautify Johnson City park

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The Department of Public Art is spreading its beautification efforts into new localities.

The DPA recently held a media event to show off the results of its Mural Fest last month at Floral Park in Johnson City.

It’s the first mural installation by the organization outside the City of Binghamton.

Five large murals were designed and outlined by four different artists.

Then on October 7th, dozens of volunteers converged on the park to help paint them in.

DPA member Peg Johnston says the overall theme is color and fun.

“Public art and murals in places like this signal to people that creative people live here. And I think that’s a good message for the neighborhood, the community, this is the arts innovation district here. So we’re kind of anchoring it with this park,” said Johnston.

Johnson City, which has been designated a Health and Cultural i-District by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, plans to add more public art throughout the village.

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