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The Bright Walls Mural Festival team poses in front of the 2021 featured mural, “Greetings from Jackson” by Victor Ving & Lisa Beggs (Greetings Tour).  Photo by Bart Hawley, JTV.

(July 1, 2022 12:27 PM) The 2022 Bright Walls Mural Festival, The Finale, is scheduled for September 8-11, 2022 in Downtown Jackson.  Bright Walls is a public art and mural festival founded and run by volunteer members of the Jackson Young Professionals. Bright Walls began in 2018 and organizers are promising the fifth and final festival this year will be the best.

The Festival is run entirely by volunteers with financial support from sponsors and community members.  This year, Bright Walls has been given an opportunity by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to conduct a crowdfunding campaign that will be matched by the MEDC.  The campaign must raise $50,000 by July 12 in order to get the 100% match.  With 12 days to go, the campaign still needs to raise $6,295.  

Today, Bright Walls founder and co-director Clay McAndrews issued an appeal for donations.  “We are so close to our goal of $50,000, that if we meet it will be matched by the MEDC,” McAndrews said. “Some might say the gap is a lot to raise in the short period of time we have left. But we believe Jackson community members will step up to make this last Bright Walls one of the best!” 

The 2022 Festival has artists from around the world lined up to complete the downtown gallery of murals.  Events during the festival will include dog parades, live music concerts, food trucks and family-friendly activities.  Complete details on Bright Walls Facebook page and website.

Visit www.patronicity.com/finale to give and learn more about the crowdfunding campaign. McAndrews said, “No dollar amount is too small (or too big), every single cent is being put back into making public art accessible for all to enjoy right in Jackson, Michigan!”

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