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Last year, local arts nonprofit Graffiti HeArt made a major move — into its own space on Superior Avenue at East 49th Street. The spacious new facility gave it more room to fulfill its mission: providing opportunities for street artists to do their work, and get paid for it, hooking them up with commissions or projects of various types and funding scholarships for young artists. Much of their works is evident on the building itself, which is brightly adorned — except for one rather plain blue wall on its east side.
Thats going to change this week. In addition to its roster of local artists, Graffiti HeArt also brings in noted national artists to do their work and interact with local artists, offering inspiration and the benefit of their experience.
This week, New York-based muralist/multimedia artist Beau Stanton will be arriving in Cleveland as their guest. Stanton has created large-scale public art work in cities such as London, Tokyo, Dubai, Berlin, Los Angeles, Miami and Detroit, often with themes relating to climate change, environmental issues and post-industrialization. Now Cleveland will get a piece of his work, on public display 24/7.
He’ll be creating a 3,000 square foot, 40 x 70-foot mural on that blue wall of the Fischer & Jirouch Co. building on the corner of East 49th and Superior Avenue. He’ll commence work sometime on Wednesday July 29, according to Graffiti HeArt funder Stamy Paul, and he’ll be working through Sunday August 2. Everyone is invited to come down and watch: wear a mask, bring a chair and maintain social distance across the street from the Graffiti HeArt Gallery and Museum. (There’ll be a giant forklift in the street keeping people at any anyway).
During Stanton’s stay in town, Graffiti HeArt is sponsoring several special events including a Hot Dog Day for the neighborhood, a VIP Donor Bourbon & Beau event for 15 guests, a Beer & Dogs watch party, a Beau Stanton Reception & Fundraiser event, and a Mural Ribbon Cutting. Go here for a schedule and to reserve your spot.