The first annual Jersey City Mural Festival will take place across Jersey City this June. The summer festival will be held from June 5-6, 2021. The event celebrates the vibrant public art, community and will aim to benefit local small businesses affected by the pandemic.
The festival will feature new works by more than 50 artists. Mayor Fulop, Mana Public Arts, the Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Jersey City Mural Arts Program (JCMAP) announced the festival coming to Jersey City.
“We started our Mural Arts Program seven years ago, and to be here today announcing the inaugural showcase for our esteemed public arts program is a testament to Jersey City as a known destination for international artists as well as the incredibly talented artists who live and work here,” said Mayor Fulop in a statement. “This festival aims to uplift our local businesses, while also inspiring creativity through the shared experience of public art with our first large-scale event in over a year.”
According to The Hoboken girl, the festival will activate more than 30 walls across Jersey City, according to the press release – “highlighting the public mural art with free open areas for restaurant pop-ups and food trucks.”
“We believe in the power of art to unify and uplift communities,” said Mana Chief of Staff Theodore Ward. “As long-time members of the Jersey City community with Mana Contemporary, we are thrilled to inaugurate an annual tradition that underscores the importance of shared cultural experiences that also benefits Jersey City small businesses.”