City, community partners celebrate the diversity of Charlotte, unveil new mural

Britt Clampitt
brittany.clampitt@charlottenc.gov
11/7/2019

MoRa Point Placemaking Mural District 5 Charlotte WaterCHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2019) – Inspired by Charlotte's diversity, a new mural located on the corner of Monroe and Idlewild roads celebrates immigrants' contributions to the rich, varied culture of the city. 

The City of Charlotte, including the Department of Planning, Design and Development and Charlotte Water, partnered with Monroe Road Advocates (MoRA) and the OBRA (Observe, Bridge, Respond, Art) Collective to bring to life the community's vision for the mural, which is titled "Tapestry." Its design is influenced by community dialog about what it means to be part of the city; it weaves together fabric patterns, plants and birds of different countries and ethnicities represented in east and southeast Charlotte. 

The city and its partners unveiled the mural on Thursday. The mural is displayed on the side of a Charlotte Water facility in the heart of the Monroe Road area. The community selected its location at an intersection connecting the city's two longest roads in order to transform a blank wall into a message of welcome and celebration. 

"This mural embodies what is incredible about Charlotte and demonstrates what is possible when we engage community members through placemaking," said Rachel Stark, project coordinator with the city's Urban Design Center. "Together, we've beautified an unused space and created a point of pride for residents." 

The mural is one of seven city projects through the City of Charlotte's CLT250 Placemaking Program announced in 2018 and debuting in 2019. The program uses urban design and placemaking efforts to transform underutilized or overlooked public spaces across Charlotte into vibrant places that reflect the identity of the surrounding community and its people.  

The city will continue the Placemaking Program in 2020. Residents are encouraged to come to the table, contribute ideas, lead projects and work together to accomplish shared public space goals. Visit charlottenc.gov/placemaking to learn more about tools and opportunities available to help bring plans for a vibrant project to life.

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