CANVAS Outdoor Museum Will Return To West Palm Beach This Fall With New Murals, More Art Installations

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by Lyssa Goldberg Jun 15, 2016 05:37 PM

Look out for lots of public artwork in downtown West Palm Beach this fall. 

New murals and installations will be on display in the city's Arts & Entertainment District as part of the CANVAS Outdoor Museum Show, which debuted in 2015.

Last year, artists painted building facades with bold murals, which remain on display around town. The 2016 event, set to take place Nov. 11 to Nov. 20, promises to offer not only street art but also interactive exhibits—including monumental shipping container and rail car art installations, an outdoor classroom, and a creative playground—located at new outdoor museum parks.

The goal is for the public to experience museum-quality art in an outdoor environment.

“While visitors have been able to enjoy last year’s murals, CANVAS will now have a designated area with installations in public spaces that can be utilized 365 days a year,” Raphael Clemente, executive director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, said in a release. 

The year-round displays will stretch across green spaces along Flagler Drive adjacent to Palm Beach. These will include a Kids Art Park, Chamber Park and Installation Park, which should be ready in time for the show in November. The groundbreaking for these museum parks is set for the end of June, and even more parks are planned for downtown West Palm after the event.

CANVAS will also construct new walls for street art. The muraled walls and installations will then be swapped out each November during the event.

In addition, CANVAS plans to release an app that will let visitors take a guided audio tour of the outdoor museum.

The theme of the 2016 show is "connection," with the works of art focused on what connection means to the artists and to the world that experiences their art.

The CANVAS selection committee is now accepting proposals from local artists for mural submissions. They'll be able to take part in the CANVAS Local Showdown in the Northwood Village Creative Arts District, which is meant to highlight the historic area as a center for cultural cultivation.

Seven local artists from Miami-Dade up to Martin Counties will be selected to paint their murals during the week leading up to the event.

Watch a preliminary video of the plans here:

(Video and screenshot provided by CANVAS. Renderings created by GliddenSpina + Partners Architecture and Interior Design)


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