WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2019) — West Palm Beach’s thriving Arts & Entertainment District (A&E District) announces the launch of a new platform that will integrate art into the daily downtown experience. Called the West Palm Beach Cultural Collective, a wall on the west side of Duffy’s Sports Grill, on the northeast corner of Clematis St. and Olive Ave., will feature a rotation of painted murals. An eight-foot tall photo portrait and short bio of the artist will cap the south end of the installation.

The project’s initial installation launches in collaboration with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, highlighting the Council’s second annual MOSAIC celebration of art and culture that runs through the month of May. The first mural titled “Van Gogh,” features local artist Craig McInnis, a graduate of the Art Institute of Florida and now Creative Director of Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds.  Prolific and rarely at rest, McInnis also cofounded Art Synergy and CONTINUUM in order to promote local art on a broader scale.

“Downtown West Palm Beach is known for bringing the joy and illumination of art into the lives of those who live, work and play downtown,” said Teneka James-Feaman, Associate Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “The West Palm Beach Cultural Collective is a new, public-private partnership with Bill Weisman, who owns the building where Duffy’s operates, and Duffy’s own management team. We’re taking a bland, blank wall in one of the busiest intersections in the city and transforming it into a truly dynamic art experience,” added James-Feaman.

Dave Lawrence, President and CEO of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council noted, “The Downtown Development Authority and A&E District’s mission to enhance Downtown West Palm Beach – particularly by promoting local artists – echoes our mission to champion, engage and grow the arts in Palm Beach County. The Cultural Collective is unique because it gives a face to the artists who create public art. This is a great way to educate our community on the talent we have here in the Palm Beaches. We can’t wait to see our artist member Craig McInnis recreate his Van Gogh mural in honor of MOSAIC (Month of Shows, Art, Ideas & Culture) and invite our community to celebrate with us.” Future contributing artists will be selected by the board of directors of the A&E District, and the installations will rotate every three to four months.

“We expect to have public unveiling events for each artist’s work outside Duffy’s that will create even more publicity and excitement for the program,” added James-Feaman. “An important part of the DDA’s mission is to foster the success of businesses and to enrich the downtown experience on many levels. This program accomplishes quite a lot of our mandates, very effectively, and with minimal investment.”

Duffy’s is located at 225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. The wall faces west toward Olive Ave. For more information, please visit www.DowntownWPBArts.com or call Teneka James-Feaman at the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority at 561.833.8873.

About Arts & Entertainment District

The West Palm Beach A&E District is a centralized collection of inspiring arts and entertainment venues; art and history museums; galleries; libraries; performing arts companies; and art education institutions. Situated in the heart of South Florida’s most progressive city, the District includes more than 20 distinct and distinguished cultural destinations that form a defining industry cluster. The A&E District enhances the appeal of West Palm Beach as a visitor destination, drawing attention to its status as a vibrant city illuminated by its beauty and range of creative expression.

About Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in 1967 as an independent special taxing district to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. We improve and maintain Downtown West Palm Beach by offering information and services to visitors, residents and business owners.