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Viva Murals Fall River to Offer Free Community Events Through July

The Fall River Arts & Culture Coalition (FRACC) and Viva Fall River invite the community to be a part of free Viva Murals events happening this month. It all kicks off this Sunday, July 10th at the Fall River Farmers & Artists Market starting at 11 AM. Experience what it is like to paint on a canvas over four feet big with local artist Devin (Nived) Mclaughlin.

You’re welcome to join in as he paints a massive canvas. Viva Murals will bring a larger-than-life art project this month in partnership with mural and public art experts Beyond Walls. Viva Murals aims to deliver creative engagement by installing public art that will invigorate the City’s creative economy while engaging artists with the community.

This is a neighborhood-wide event, to celebrate the unique vibrancy, culture, and art of the Port neighborhood. We hope that friends, neighbors, and sponsors will all come out to join us.

Two blocks of Windsor Street will be closed to traffic so that we can repaint ground murals as part of the day's activities. This is intended to be a fun, safely-spaced, outdoor, community-wide event for all.

There will finally be color and activity in the street again! We’ve missed seeing our neighbors...

  • Local artists will be painting ground murals on Windsor Street

  • Mural Masters competition will be held in the adjacent lot, directly in front of 119 Windsor

  • Community Art Center teen and youth artists will participate

  • AND, we will all count on your voting, to crown the winning Mural!

There’s sure to be plenty of music and fun. We’ll be setting up impromptu neighborhood portraits in the street, taken against a backdrop. Come out and grab a family photo! This feels like an important year to document.

We can't wait for community friends and supporters to swing through to enjoy all of the live art-making in real-time.

Save the date for free public events including:

Through the civic crowdfunding platform A Mightycause, Viva Murals partners have launched a matching crowdfunding campaign. If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 by June 30 at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from a state grant program.

Campaign funds will be used to install two large-scale murals in the City’s downtown, employing world-renowned artists who will — partner with the local arts community to reflect Fall River’s rich artistic and cultural heritage. These identified walls are over two stories tall and were selected not only for their high visibility from main roadways but to purposefully engage the surrounding community in placemaking while encouraging visitors to exit I-195 and explore Fall River.

Fall River's youth will have the unique opportunity to connect with youth from Haiti through a creative cultural exchange rooted in murals in both countries through The One Blue Sky Project by aptART. This virtual exchange is a crucial extension of the Viva Murals project. The children will work collectively to design a two-part mural concept that depicts their discoveries, with one section of the mural painted in each of the two communities.

In addition, the world-class murals will serve as a place for community engagement. On July 10 and July 24 at the Fall River Farmers and Artisan Market on Old Second Street, residents and visitors are invited to have fun with hands-on mural-related activities. Outside of the One SouthCoast Chamber building on Pocasset Street, the public will be invited to join in delicious afternoon treats on July 22, and July 29 as the murals come to life.

Learn more and donate to Mural Arts at

Viva Fall River is a creative economy initiative whose mission is to draw on the City’s unique assets to foster economic revitalization, support community engagement, inspire a vibrant arts scene, and elevate the profile of the City as a premier South Coast destination. Viva Fall River works closely with the City government and many community partners to find sectors of collaboration that bolster the local, post-pandemic economy.

FRACC’s membership is composed of over 140 committed individuals, including artists, craftspeople, creatives, and representatives from a wide variety of organizations and civic groups who recognize and believe in the power of arts and culture to bolster local economies and spur revitalization. There is no fee to join, and monthly meetings, which are open to all, are held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 5 PM at rotating member locations.

Beyond Walls is a nonprofit placemaking agency based in Lynn, Massachusetts, whose mission is to activate spaces to strengthen communities. They are a diverse group that believes cities best thrive when they are full of art and have engaged stakeholders and active spaces. Their work revolves around their mission to activate spaces to strengthen communities.

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