Old Town Saginaw wants to create ‘street art park’ under Court Street Bridge,

SAGINAW, MI – The Old Town Business Association wants to transform the vacant, graffiti-covered space beneath the Court Street Bridge into a “street art park.”

Business leaders hope to secure a microgrant to fund the project, and the public can vote for it now.

The reimagined space would feature works by local artists, “making the area a more inviting location to residents and visitors alike,” according to an Old Town Business Association news release.

“We want to create a space that celebrates the art and culture and creativity which are rampant in Saginaw,” Secretary Amy Spadafore said in a statement. “This will be an area that residents can take pride in and visitors will want to come to see. Engaging local artists is important for our local economy and for the upkeep of the art.”

The association aims to secure funding for this project through a Bridge Builders Microgrant provided by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. Awards of up to $5,000 will be given to four communities to engage locally owned businesses and artists in creating new public space improvements, art installations, cultural events and more to increase visibility for local businesses and bring people back to downtowns and commercial corridors this summer and fall, according to the release.

The Court Street Bridge Street Art Project is one of 12 applicants that have advanced to the final public voting round of this grant process. Supporters of this project can vote once per device per day through Friday, July 16.

Supporters can vote for the Court Street Bridge Street Art Project online here.

“The culture in Saginaw is rooted in our arts and culture community,” John Vasquez, lead artist on the project and owner of Saginaw Tattoo Co., said in a statement. “Old Town is a place where we can highlight our strengths by showcasing art and cleaning our community.”

The Court Street Bridge Street Art Project will kick off in September with two clean-up days on Sept. 8 and 9 and live painting, competition and art festival on Sept. 9 and 10. Residents will be invited to visit the space, engage with the artists and vote for their favorite finished piece. Winning artists will receive cash prizes.

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