A mural scavenger hunt has been created to encourage Rochester residents to visit the 15 new permanent murals put up in the city. Funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act helped pay for the artwork.
"We hope this scavenger hunt is a welcome and safe diversion for people to explore these murals in the time of COVID," said Rene Halasy, executive director of RNeighbors, which partnered with the city of Rochester to implement the mural program. Several of the muralists worked with neighborhoods or community groups in developing their final products.
"Among others, Amarama Vercnocke had several community paint sessions in The Manor neighborhood, Greg Wimmer had local school students paint some of the masks in his mural, and Mary Beth Magyar worked with a team of Meadow Park neighbors to develop her mural," Halasy said. "The Walls of Color mural project gave local artists much needed employment, sourced supplies from local businesses, and brightened up dark walls, park shelters, hallways, and even a school shed throughout our city."
The purpose of the Walls of Color program was to provide projects for 14 local artists whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while cultivating joy and positivity throughout the city. Grant amounts were provided based on the square footage of the mural, with compensation ranging from $1,500 to $4,000. Some of the mural sites include Little Thistle Brewing, Cook Park, Grey Duck Theatre, Forager Brewery, Oak Terrace and Meadow Park.
The funding was also invested back into the community with material purchases and rental fees. The majority of matierals used in the murals was purchased at Struve’s Paint and Decorating.
Find the murals on the map:
- "Onward" by Adriana Loecher, skyway of Chateau Theatre, downtown.
- "Piecing Together Dreams" by Amarama Vercnocke, Harriet Bishop Elementary (shed), 406 36th Ave. NW.
- "A Little Bit of Sunshine" by Amy Dybing, 125 Live Patio, 125 Elton Hills Drive NW.
- "Resilience and Joy" by Cassandra Buck, Forager Brewery, 1005 Sixth St. NW.
- "Beyond the Mask" by Greg Wimmer, 800 George Gibbs Drive (by the Field of Fun Playground).
- "Mythoscope" by Jenna Whiting, Little Thistle, 2031 14th St. NW.
- "Night at the Movies" by Maggie Panetta, Grey Duck Theatre, 619 Sixth Ave. NW.
- "Growing Together" by Maggie Panetta, Flowers by Jerry, 122 10th St. NE.
- "Trabajemos Juntos por un Mundo Mejor (Let’s Work Together for a Better World)" by Maria Coronado and Jacqueline Ontiveros, United Way of Olmsted County, 903 W. Center St. (near playground).
- "Unity" by Mary Beth Magyar, assisted by Meadow Park kids, Friendship Park, 1421 Fourth Ave. SE.
- "Summer Days" by Natalia Hernandez and Family, The Children’s Exchange, 1249 Marion Road SE.
- "Art (from) Within" by Sierra Garza and Ben Rivas, Boys and Girls Club, 1026 E. Center St.
- "Outstanding in our Field" by Susan Waughtal, Graham Park (restroom building), 35 Fairgrounds Ave. SE.
- "One Eco-system" by Willow Gentile, Cook Park, 722 Seventh St. NW.
- "Swing over Rochester" by Z Derreck Zirbes, Olmsted County Shop, 330 Third Ave. SE.