SHORT NORTH ARTS DISTRICT, COLUMBUS, OH - For the fourth installation of the award-winning Short North Temporary Mural Series, the Short North Alliance and galleries in the Short North Arts District are collaborating with local author Larry Smith, best known for his critically acclaimed Six-Word Memoir® project and SMITH Magazine.
This series builds upon the 10x10x10 Mural Series (2012-13), Viewpoints: Murals by Young Professional Working Artists (2013-15), and the current BLANK SPACES Mural Series (2015-Present). The series grew from 10 murals in 2012 to 19 total murals in the most recent series.
The murals are installed on the exterior brick facades of buildings along High Street in the Short North Arts District. They consist of high resolution images of art works that are printed on vinyl and heat-adhered to buildings. The process results in a work of art that looks painted on the building.
“The Short North Temporary Mural Series has grown into one of the most visible and anticipated projects we undertake each year,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “They enliven the street experience and allow visitors, residents, and all who enjoy our neighborhood to engage with art in unexpected ways.”
Larry Smith will collaborate with participating galleries to pair six-word stories about Columbus and the Short North Arts District with an individual artist who will then be commissioned to create an original artwork to be made into a mural.
“The Mural Project is a perfect manifestation for the power and possibilities for Six in the City: Columbus, offering anyone and everyone a chance to share a story on Columbus that could become the inspiration for public art,” said Larry Smith. “That these murals will be found in my own neighborhood makes the work even more meaningful on a personal level.”
Artists will be selected in the summer of 2016. Work will begin in the fall of 2016 and is expected to be completed in early 2017. The murals will be installed in the spring of 2017.
In 2014, the Short North Mural Series won the Best of Columbus Award for Best Public Art from Columbus alive!.
ABOUT THE SHORT NORTH ALLIANCE
The Short North Alliance (SNA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture the Short North Arts District as a vibrant, creative, and inclusive community and leading arts destination.
The Short North Arts District is the most vibrant spot in the City of Columbus and is home to over 300 exciting businesses, the majority of which are locally owned or headquartered. It has received numerous national accolades, is considered a model for urban revitalization, and is known as the art and soul of Columbus.
For more information about the Short North Arts District, visit www.shortnorth.org.
ABOUT LARRY SMITH AND SIX-WORD MEMOIR PROJECT
Larry Smith is the founder and editor of SMITH Magazine, and its younger cousin, SMITH Teens. SMITH Magazine is best known for launching the Six-Word Memoir® project, which is a bestselling books series and a global phenomenon. Anticipating the microblogging explosion, SMITH originally launched the Six-Word Memoir project in November 2006 in partnership with Twitter with a simple online challenge asking: “Can you tell your life story in six words?” Now more than 1 million Six-Word Memoirs have been shared across SMITH Mag sites.
Six-Word Memoirs have been featured in hundreds of media outlets from NPR to The New Yorker, and found on blogs, T-shirts, Honest Tea bottle caps, Six-a-Day calendar, a board game, and as form of engagement with partners ranging from The Tony Awards to MINI Cooper. Celebrities from Stephen Colbert to Dave Eggers and many more have shared their own Six-Worders.
For more information about the Six-Word Memoir Project, visit www.sixwordmemoirs.com. To learn more about Six in the City: Columbus, visit www.sixinthecitycolumbus.com.