Visitors to Brainerd’s annual Arts in the Park were encouraged to participate in the art process by picking up a paintbrush and adding color to canvas. Over 150 people aged 4 to 70+ made their mark and proved how colorful a community could be when many people work together.

The Crossing Arts Alliance conceived the project as a way to involve visitors to Arts in the Park directly in the creative project. TCAA enlisted the help of artist Mitchell Cory Nelson to design a scene inspired by the Brainerd Lakes area and transfer it to canvas. The community was asked to pick up a brush and paint, and "color in" his line drawings. After they were filled with color, Mitchell tidied up the lines and made minor touch-ups before installing the pieces at the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Hwy 371 in Brainerd. The community mural will be on display until fall when they will move to the Franklin Arts Center on Kingwood.

 

many thanks to:

Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

for making space for our project at Arts in the Park and enriching the lives of our citizens through your many undertakings. We’re grateful for over 40 years of Arts in the Park.

Brainerd community action

for making space for our project at Arts in the Park and enriching the lives of our citizens through your many undertakings. We’re grateful for over 40 years of Arts in the Park.

Artist Mitchell Cory Nelson

who lent his talents to the design, drawing, and finishing of this mural.

Five Wings Arts Council and the voters of Minnesota

who supported this project through a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.