An effort is underway to “embrace the arts” in the downtown Port Huron area thanks to a newly formed Blue Water Creatives Group. Michigan Mutual, a downtown business at the corner of Military and Water Streets, is embracing the effort by offering some of their property to be used for a mural project by the local arts community.
Artists were asked to submit their ideas through the Blue Water Creatives Facebook page beginning last week. The end product will be an original mural painted on Michigan Mutual’s large south-facing garage door. The hope is that this will be the impetus for a larger scale mural project and a greater presence of the local art scene.
Hale Walker, of Michigan Mutual, referenced his company’s “understanding that we live in a true wonderland with the quality of life, access to water and a community willing to put themselves at risk to accomplish the greater good.” He mentioned the upcoming events like the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and the biannual Antique Boat Show that bring thousands of visitors to town who could also be experiencing the public art murals.
Walker went on to say, “…local art plays a significant role in creating an atmosphere for visitors and citizens alike. This area is experiencing a very positive time. We need to embrace this and encourage the young talent in our area.” Artists have until February 28 to submit their proposals for the mural. Michigan Mutual plans to display the mural on their property for at least two years.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.