COVID–themed PUBLIC ART PROJECT
COMING TO HAMTRAMCK
HAMTRAMCK – The community-based organization, OneHamtramck LLC, announces a trilingual COVID-themed public art installation to be painted by Detroit artist/muralist Nicole Macdonald. The artwork entitled Culture and Quarantine will span an array of 17 windows (each 40” x 81”) in the large building that formerly housed Shoppers World at 9840 Joseph Campau Ave., in the heart of the Hamtramck business district.
Set to go up in mid-June, the expansive work of art will be on view to the public 24/7, with street lighting illuminating at night. The panels will represent how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world, as well as our tight-knit community in Hamtramck. It will portray the challenges that have prompted an increased respect for those ‘heroes’ in the front line, along with the many individuals and agencies that have stepped to the forefront to fight this invisible enemy. In addition to imagery, the installation will feature text in English, Arabic, and Bangla.
The mural will also draw attention to the diverse city of Hamtramck, the multi-ethnic developing downtown area, and the inspired, socially-driven artwork of one of Detroit’s respected young artists, Nicole Macdonald.
In the past, OneHamtramck has produced the country’s largest outdoor Yemen mural at 8760 Joseph Campau, and the huge Bangladesh Mural on 3105 Carpenter St., in addition to the immigrant themed multimedia production, The Home Suite. The group has also sponsored many forums, film showings and other cultural events that draw attention to issues of peace, justice and equality in a city rich in diversity.
The art project will cost approximately $100 per window and OneHamtramck is seeking donors who would be willing to donate any amount of money to support this art project. As a special thank you, a print of the artwork will be given to those donating $50 or more. Donors giving $100 or more will also have their name recognized on the list of major donors displayed along with the artwork. All donations beyond the material expenses will go to the artist and OneHamtramck.
You can DONATE on PayPal whatever amount you can afford. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
– Or you can mail a check made out to “OneHamtramck LLC” at 3016 Trowbridge, Hamtramck, MI 48212
– Otherwise you can contact a Project Director to set up another method to donate. Thank You!
Also available for interviews:
Bill Meyer, Exec. Director, OneHamtramck LLC
Nicole Macdonald, Artist