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Ohio City street fest set to celebrate INTER|URBAN mural project

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A street festival in Ohio City will celebrate the INTER|URBAN project, an art installation led by Cleveland’s LAND studio that fuses public art, public transportation and literature. LAND, along with Market Garden Brewery, will host the free, all-ages party 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, May 19, at Market Garden’s new brewing facility, 1849 West 24 St. During the festival, drinks will be flowing as the brewery releases a special INTER|URBAN brew. Food trucks, live entertainment and artist vendors will also be part of the evening. The spirit of INTER|URBAN will be brought to life by Cleveland artists Sean Higgins and Nicholas Rezabek of the Bubble Process as they paint an outdoor mural. The first phase of INTER|URBAN, completed last June, brought together 19 artists from Cleveland and around the world to create vibrant, large-scale murals on previously blank walls and underutilized spaces along the western half of the RTA’s Red Line. Works were inspired by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, an 81-year-old program administered by the Cleveland Foundation, which recognizing books that confront racism and explore topics surrounding diversity, equity and social justice. Artists drew inspiration from authors such as Langston Hughes, Malcolm X and Dorothy West. The project was co-curated by Cleveland art collector Fred Bidwell and Honolulu artist Jasper Wong. “INTER|URBAN is a project that epitomizes the impact of public art,” says Greg Peckham, executive director at LAND studio. “We are excited to shepherd this growth of a monumental public outdoor art gallery - infused with world-class literature and art - for citizens on their regular commutes.” Peckham says he hopes the festival adds to the excitement for the next phases of the project. LAND hopes to expand the installations throughout additional locations on the Red Line, as well as the Blue and Green Lines. They expect to announce more details this spring. “Join us to celebrate the incredible art and talented artists that made the first phase a success and help us build momentum for future installations,” says Peckham.

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