Richmond Celebrates “Alive and Free: Murals on Macdonald”

Photo courtesy of RAC

Photo courtesy of RAC

Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) continues to foster the arts in the revitalization of historic Downtown Richmond.

On Thursday, May 8,from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., RMSI will unveil a new public art piece by local artist Richard Muro Salazar at “Alive and Free: Murals on Macdonald, a celebration and dedication ceremony in the Community Green Space Park, located directly across from the mural on the southwest corner of Macdonald Avenue and Harbour Way.

“RMSI strongly believes that arts and cultural mediums play a vital role in active urban community life. Besides illustrating a community’s cultural diversity, traditions, and history, the arts attract residents and visitors, which in turn increase business opportunities and economic development,” said Amanda Elliott, executive director of RMSI.

Themural will promote the philosophy and principles of Alive and Free, a Bay Area-based organization working to promote positive lifestyle choices and address social issues that promote violence.

Salazar, a native of Richmond, is also the creator of many public art pieces throughout his hometown, the United States, and abroad. He designed the Downtown Macdonald Avenue street banners and has painted murals along the Richmond Greenway.

Salazar has also completed murals in Mexico City, Nicaragua, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. After he completes the Alive and Free mural on Macdonald Avenue, he plans to travel to Peru to work on another mural.

Richmond Main Street’s support of this mural is a continuation of the organization’s strong support of the arts and its use as a community engagement strategy. Over the past decade RMSI has sponsored art projects and events, such as the Art In Windows program, which utilizes vacant storefronts as exhibition spaces for local artists.

The public is invited to attend Alive & Free: Murals on Macdonald to enjoy art throughout the downtown via a self-guided walking tour, which will include projects near the Kaiser parking lot on 8th Street and Macdonald Avenue, the Richmond BART Station, downtown storefront locations, and other sites throughout the corridor.

The event will also include music, food and artists, vendors and free bike parking courtesy of Rich City Rides.

For more information, call (510) 236-4049 or visit www.richmondmainstreet.org.

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