Oceanside CA— The Oceanside Mural Initiative (OMI) Panel is proud to announce that we have selected four muralists to proceed to the final step in the vetting process. We want to thank the 32 artists that participated in the launch of Oceanside’s first mural under the OMI program. Our panel had a difficult decision selecting the top four renderings. “We were very excited about all of the renderings submitted to the panel and it was very difficult to select the top three, so we ultimately decided to proceed with four renderings,” says Mitzi Summers, OMI Panel Chair.
MainStreet Oceanside started a Go Fund Me initiative in November 2016 and pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 to launch the OMI Program. “We are beautifying downtown Oceanside to attract locals and tourists to spend time with their families and friends at their favorite business,” says Sylvia Spiva, Board Chair. So far, we have raised about $3,750 from the community and our goal is raise $10,000.
The Star Theatre is hosting a Community Reception where the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite design. The artist selected by public vote will be given the opportunity to install their mural on the Star Theatre south wall on Civic Center Drive. The Community Reception will take place on Tuesday, April 11 from 5pm – 7pm at Star Theatre, located 402 North Coast Highway in Downtown Oceanside. For those who cannot attend the meeting, an online voting system will be available beginning Tuesday night, running through 11:59pm Sunday, April 16. For more information on the OMI program and voting, please visit www.MainStreetOceanside.com.
About OMI program
The OMI seeks to install ten curated public art murals over the course of three years in Downtown Oceanside. OMI is a community driven initiative, and will integrate key partners in the downtown Oceanside area. Through this Initiative, Oceanside will become a destination for public art, will create a model by which Oceanside and other communities can fulfill community-driven arts initiatives, will act as a medium for education/community outreach, and will help to define Oceanside as a community whose identity is built upon and driven by the arts.