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"A People without Murals is a Demuralized People": Enlivening an Arts and Entertainment District with Public Art

Posted by Jessica Gaines
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Arts Brookfield recently revealed their second installment of the “Paint the Town” initiative to promote public art murals in downtown Bethesda, MD.  With the help of their partner Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, artist Juan Pineda was selected to paint his bold and patterned style along the plaza and bus cove. Judges selected Juan from a collection of local artists who applied for the opportunity to complete the mural within weeks.  

 

This initiative supports both Juan’s and Brookfield’s profound commitment to enhancing the quality of life through art.  Juan has been painting murals in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years, has received a Proclamation Award for his work, and has received recognition for restoring a mural entitled, “A People without Murals is a Demuralized People.” Arts Brookfield, the cultural arm of Brookfield Properties, invigorates spaces through the free presentation of cultural experiences in their buildings around the world.  Brookfield, known for their signature programs, arts-inclusive office environment, and untraditional arts venues, was named one of the ten Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts with a BCA 10 award in 2014.

(Nominations for the 2017 BCA 10 Awards are open until January 13.)

 

It’s these steady partnerships that bring fruitful artistic, cultural, and economic growth to their communities for a lasting impact.

 

Photo: Courtesy Patricia Walsh, Public Art Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

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