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Opinion

March 21, 2013

Arts council, murals need your help

— The Muskogee Area Arts Council needs your help on downtown mural projects.

The council wants to repair one mural and change another.

One mural is on the side of Square Deal Music facing a park between the store and Bank of America on Broadway.

The mural is iconic to downtown Muskogee. It features scenes from Muskogee’s history. Visitors frequently  stop to read about Muskogee and view the mural.

But that mural, which was painted in 2001, is in need of repairs.

The wall on which the mural is painted is pock-marked with fist-sized holes where the joints between rocks and brick have deteriorated. Contractors are repairing the holes to stop water from running inside the walls.

Volunteers and donations will be needed to fix the mural after the work is done, said MAAC President Dr. David Jones.

The MAAC receives $5,000 annually from the city, Jones said.

That money is designated for projects, but not for repairs.

The MAAC also wants to replace the cow mural on the BEST Center parking garage on Main Street in April, Jones said.

The MAAC does a lot of good work that makes Muskogee a better place to live.

The murals make downtown a more inviting and interesting place.

We encourage anyone wishing to help with either project to attend the MAAC meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

If you go

WHAT: Regular meeting of the Muskogee Area Arts Council.

WHEN: 5 p.m. March Tuesday.

WHERE: McEntee’s, corner of Third Street and Broadway.

INFO: maacok.com.

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