In November, 2019 eight large scale #NRNY Murals made their debut around downtown New Rochelle. Created by an international group of street artists curated by Street Art for Mankind, the #NRNY Murals –- with support from the New Rochelle IDA and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts -– made a statement about New Rochelle as a diverse city where art plays a pivotal role. The #NRNY Murals drew some of the nation's leading photographers (including Martha Cooper) to New Rochelle and received media coverage around the world.
Now the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, the New Rochelle Industrial Development Agency, and curators Street Art for Mankind -- a Westchester-based global non-profit organization working with prominent street artists to create large murals all around the world -- are working on a new set of murals that is beginning taking shape around town. Once again an international group of world class artists will be creating high impact art, with the goal of putting New Rochelle on the map as the American city with one of the largest curated collections of murals.
On Sunday, May 1st the entire community is invited to a free Art Walk (a guided tour of the new murals led by Street Art for Mankind, with the artists on site to talk about their work) from 11 am to 1 pm, starting at the Radisson Plaza.
The Art Walk will be followed by an afternoon of free music, dance and theater performances. The NRCA was awarded a ReStart the Arts grants from ArtsWestchester to create a celebration around the murals completion: MuralFest: Celebrating Art On and Off the Walls* will take place at Library Green, the New Rochelle Public Library and New Ro Parc from 1 to 5 pm.
For complete details visit the NRCA website at www.newrochellearts.org and follow NRCA on social media (on Facebook @newrochellearts.org and on Instagram @newrochellecouncilonthearts ).
The murals are curated and produced by Street Art for Mankind (SAM), a Westchester-based global non-profit organization working with prominent street artists to create large murals all around the world. SAM is recognized for its mural series with the United Nations, but also for its Art Walk Murals with Cities to bond communities together.