Arts LIFT students, all from Firestone High School, in front of the completed mural. From left to right: Sophia Fugate, Zakariah Hall, Elise Helms, Edgar Rosales, Allison Simon, Adrienne Hite, Brina Jefferies, Natalie Steigmann-Gall, Hannah Klun.

Artists unveil their “Clean & Bright” mural


Art Bomb Brigade hosts a free public event on July 8 with music, food and fun to celebrate its first “mural bomb”

words and photos by Michelle DeShon

Art Bomb Brigade, consisting of local artist Matt Miller, program director Elisa Gargarella and over 20 Akron students, worked for two weeks in June to bring a lively splash of color to the Downtown Laundromat at 1035 South Main Street. Now, it is time to celebrate.

On July 8 from 6 – 9 pm, Art Bomb Brigade will be hosting a free public event with live music from local band The Dreemers, Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe and Stray Dog food trucks, Crafty Mart, Little Chicago Clothing, and the Akron Art Museum will be hosting a free community art project.

Gargarella, professor of Art Education at The University of Akron, is one of the winners of the 2016 Knight Arts Challenge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Her creative idea is partnering with Arts LIFT, a long-standing summer art apprenticeship program created by Gargarella, to give students from Akron Public Schools and The University of Akron the chance to work under the guidance of a local artist to “mural bomb” cities in need of a makeover.

While taking pictures at the event, tag the photos with #knightfdn #abb #artslift #oldwallnewwall on Instagram.

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