Public Painting Project offers mural workshop to area artists

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 5:15 AM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -The community’s next mural project is looking for your support.

The Public Painting Project was created by two brilliant Chippewa Valley-based artists who are now seeking other area creatives to help paint the town.

“We’ve found that there’s been a lot of enthusiasm for the creation of new murals here but there hasn’t really been a framework in place for how to pursue those projects,” says Sylvia Annelise Hecht, PPP co-creator and creative director. “And we just want there to be some systems in place.”

Sylvia Annelise Hecht is the Madison-native, Eau Claire has to thank for downtown’s newest mural, “Sanctuary,” located on the Graham Avenue-facing wall. Hecht teamed up with Eau Claire resident and artist, Jo Ellen Burke, in looking to cultivate a larger presence of murals by local artists.

In the process the two also realized the need for an easier way to get large-scale projects underway in Eau Claire and beyond.

“So that means connecting clients to artists, and connecting artists and clients to funding,” says Hecht.

Their plan for the Public Painting Project (PPP) involves workshops for groups of 15-20 artists, where participants will receive hands on instruction on the components of business, creative design, and installation of mural art.

Muralist Sylvia Hecht joins Hello Wisconsin Tuesday morning to discuss how artists can get involved.

The first inaugural PPP workshop begins June 13, but the deadline to apply is May 31.

To learn more about PPP, check out their application process and social media.

To donate to the Project Go Fund Me for area artists, see here.

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