One of the things I am most passionate about is "bringing art to everyone". It's my mission to make art as accessible to as many people as possible. Art is a healing force, on many physical and meta-physical levels. I believe the more art touches more souls, the better the world will be.

It's because of this mission that I find myself on the steering committee for the 10th Global Mural Conference, which is hosted by a different city every two years. This year, in September, it is being hosted by Mural Mania, an organization based here in the Finger Lakes Region whose mission is the procurement of as many murals as possible along the Erie Canal. The Conference will be held at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Fairport, NY from 9/20 - 9/23.

Conference attendees will learn - through speaker presentations, a bus tour, and social activities - all about murals and public art, as well as the rich heritage of our area. The conference is for mural artists, folks working in public office who wish to have murals in their community, and anyone who is enthusiastic about viewing murals! The Global Mural Conference was founded by the Global Mural Arts & Cultural Tourism Association (their Facebook page is called Global Mural Association). I am really honored to be a part of bringing this event to the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas!

A feature of the conference is the Erie Canal Heritage Mural Expo. The Expo is comprised of several artists, each painting a mural under a large tent on the grounds of Woodcliff. This is a FREE event, open to all, beginning a few days prior to the actual conference and culminating on Friday during the conference. Since I'm heavily involved in putting this Expo together, I will posting much more information about the artists and their murals here on my blog as well as on the GMC 2016 Facebook page. Today, I will let my short video speak for itself!