I wrote this letter quite a while ago but have been hesitant to have it published. However, an article in the most recent Parade magazine has prompted me to send it to the editor. Murals would be a fun way to make Jamestown a little more inviting to residents and tourists alike. Smaller cities are starting to promote murals: Billings, Mont., and Rapid City, S.D., both have “art alleys” where the paintings are protected and tourists are encouraged to drop by for a look. Even the small community of Jud, N.D., has murals!
I read about a mural of a hopscotch board that was painted on a sidewalk, and people actually play the game as they come upon it. Murals can be created through community celebrations and can involve local artists and people of all ages and skill levels. Murals can improve the looks of the many vacated buildings. They could even be incorporated into the Jamestown Talking Trail. I think it would be neat to see a large mural on the wall of the Hansen Arts Park that celebrates the heritage and history of Jamestown, including railroad history, agriculture, farming, music, and life.
Check out the article on murals in the July 28, 2019, issue of Parade magazine, or visit https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/central-ave/murals#chizzy to view murals created by Chad Mize, aka Chizzy, aka. “The Renaissance Man,” an artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Of course, Jamestown wouldn’t need to have extravagant murals as those created by Mize, but I think smaller murals that tell the story of Jamestown would be neat.