- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Institute of Arts and a neighborhood organization have teamed up to help draw attention to the city’s Osborn neighborhood as an arts destination.

A workshop is Saturday as part of the “Welcome to Osborn” project where people can paint on cellophane and watch artists work on a four-story-high, 34-foot-wide mural. Events for “Art in Osborn Day” take place across the street from the mural site on Detroit’s east side.

The mural is being painted on a wall of the Matrix Human Services building by area artists Phillip Simpson and Tony Rave. The project involving the museum and the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance is funded by a $10,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant.

“We aim to support the alliance’s goal of building a stronger sense of community pride by working with local artists and fostering the development of public art,” Salvador Salort-Pons, the museum’s director, said in a statement.

The Osborn neighborhood has seen a series of revitalization efforts in recent years. Last summer, a weeklong effort by the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled drew more than 9,500 volunteers. The focus was fixing up Osborn High School and the surrounding neighborhood.

On Saturday, Brandon Christopher, founder and CEO of mobile art organization CANVASXDetroit will host the free painting workshop at the Outdoor Learning Garden, the museum said. The finished mural is scheduled to be unveiled Aug. 5 during the “For the Love of Osborn” neighborhood parade.

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ partnership with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance began last summer with the installation of the museum’s “Inside/Out” program, an effort that puts up artwork reproductions outdoors around Detroit and other communities.





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