Serendipity Dance Club at the Hardin Center by Joseph Giri - Gadsden, AL
Placemaking through murals
Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. Placemaking capitalizes on a local community's assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being.
The Alabama Mural Project
“If you want to learn about a city, look at its walls.”
Greek artist INO
Murals build a sense of community that drives travelers and locals alike to visit locations off the well-known tourist routes.
Public art can drive significant economic impact by attracting tourists who spend their dollars locally, as well as potential new residents and business investors looking for a dynamic new place to live and work.
Public art is a great way to bring people together by overcoming socioeconomic divisions, differences in physical abilities and language barriers.
“Instagram has changed the way the Millennial generation travels and seeks out new places to explore; and, most importantly, how murals can be a relatively easy, quick and cost-effective way to improve a city’s aesthetic while injecting economic vitality into an area otherwise primed for tourism.”
Do you have a community mural?
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) wants to know about your community murals. We are in the process of creating a statewide mural trail and our first step is inventorying all existing murals in Alabama. After we have a good inventory of the existing ones we will then begin taking suggestions for locations for new ones!
If you have any questions please contact Candace Johnson, 205-348-8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing your community murals.