Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY Florida (WMBB) – You may have noticed 13 colorful murals painted on the side of downtown buildings, all created by local artists.
“And seeing that art is revitalized has been one of the pull factors for me to come home,” said “Uh beautiful my”Artist Morgan Summers. “I am from here.
Summers was living in Orlando when she heard about the need for local artists to paint the streets of Panama City. She got involved immediately. Summers made this vintage postcard inspired by his childhood. It now sits on the side of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce building on West Fifth Street.
“There are things specific to Panama City, but there are also general Florida things,” Summers said. “So I would like to think that tourists can see something that they recognize, but there are also spoilers for locals. “
This mural took over four weeks to complete. It is just one of the thirteen decorating the downtown area. Bay Arts Alliance Executive Director Jayson Kretzer said it was a community-wide project.
“We got great funding from the Downtown Improvement Council, other private investors and Panama City,” Kretzer said.
Bay Arts Alliance raised over $ 50,000 to complete phase one.
“Now we’re going into phase two where we’re going to do a little more community branding and we’re going to do a little more historic murals,” Kretzer said.
A historic Coca-Cola classic was discovered in a building on Fourth Street.
“We have already contacted Coke and are definitely interested in keeping these murals,” Kretzer said. “We probably won’t be as involved in this piece as it’s historic, but yes I think they plan to keep it if they can.”
Kretzer hopes the downtown murals are just the beginning. The next projects will be in Millville, Glenwood and Panama City Beach.
If you are a local artist and want to get involved, visit the Bay Arts Alliance website.
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