Big Day for the Midway / by Jonathan Oppenheimer

What an honor to be named a winner of the first ever Knight Arts Challenge St. Paul! Thank you to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for making this tremendous commitment to the city of St. Paul and for believing in me and this project. Months of planning and legwork mean the Midway Murals project is already well underway, but the work will continue for the next year and beyond. This project aims to engage the community -- namely the immigrant business owners who mean so much to Snelling Avenue and the neighborhood, but also all of our residents -- while beautifying the area through a public art explosion next summer. And we don't plan to stop with these murals or this commitment to dialogue and engagement: The project will continue to evolve, as we move the neighborhood forward and transform these public spaces. Those who live here know how special this place already is, and these murals will serve to showcase our style, flavor, and spirit.

Spread the word. Help me to maximize the matching $25,000 in funds on the table by making a donation. Let me know what you think of the project. And come along for the ride. It's going to be special.