The first event of its kind for Oklahoma City, the Plaza Walls project hosts the Inaugural Plaza Walls Mural Expo, which will debut 20 new murals by 20 artists at 1708 North Indiana Avenue during the 18th annual Plaza District Festival, Saturday, September 24, 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Festival is located on the 1700 block of Sixteenth Street, between Indiana and Blackwelder, and celebrates all things local, with 35 local artist booths, two music stages, nine popular food trucks, and a dedicated Children’s area.
The 20 spray-paint enthusiasts of Plaza Walls will begin painting the week of September 18 and will debut 5,200 square feet of brand new murals on Saturday, September 24, during the Plaza District Festival. The public is encouraged to walk through the Plaza Walls alley, with entrances on Sixteenth Street and Indiana Avenue. In addition to live painting, the alley will host live music and the Plaza Walls Mural Expo Artist Booth, which will sell art and exclusive merchandise by participating Mural Expo artists.
Artists were selected for exceptional talent and the ability to paint large murals. The confirmed artists are: Jake Beeson, Dylan Bradway, Denise Duong, Yatika Fields, Tanner Frady, Chris Foxworth, Steven Grounds, Joxxen, Kris Kanaly, Holey Kids, Jason Pawley, Tessa Raven, Wiley Robertson, Chris Sker, Ashley Smith, Cassie Stover, Sean Vali, Jake Vega, Aaron Whisner, and Zuawe.
In addition to the Mural Expo’s 5,200 square feet of new art, the 54-foot wall on the East side of Indiana Avenue will feature the art of Jason Pawley, a local artistic legend. Pawley’s Indiana mural will be on display from September 9 to September 24. The morning of the Plaza District Festival, he will make live additions to his Indiana mural as a Plaza Walls Mural Expo participating artist. Festival attendees will be able to watch Pawley live-paint this mural, as well as purchase merchandise from Pawley’s artist booth, located on the corner of Sixteenth Street and Indiana, near the Festival’s food truck row.
Artist stipends to be provided by the ‘Sponsored by YOU’ program through the Plaza District Association. ‘Sponsored by YOU’ is a crowdfunding initiative, which will launch in the first part of September 2016, gives the local community an opportunity to support and take ownership of the Plaza District Festival. By accepting individual online micro-donations, the Plaza District Association will recognize the community as an official sponsor of the annual event.
About Plaza Walls
Plaza Walls is a rotating mural project located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and it’s mission to advocate and curate public art projects that benefit the community and inspire creativity. Launched in September 2015 by co-curators Dylan Bradway and Kristopher Kanaly, with approval by the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and Urban Design Commission, Plaza Walls is now one of the top Plaza District tourist attractions and has received a tremendous amount of support from surrounding businesses and community, with a recent tweet by Mayor Mick Cornett, local morning news features on KFOR-TV 4 /KAUT-TV 43 and KOCO-TV 5, and articles in print publications such as OVAC’s Art Focus magazine, Territory Magazine, the OKC Gazette, and the Oklahoman. For more information visit www.plazawalls.org and @plazawalls.
The 2016 Plaza District Festival is presented by Fowler Automotive, Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, and 84 Hospitality Group.