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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2016 Global Mural Conference Tours Canandaigua and Lyons The public is invited to attend mural dedications, walking tours and workshops Fairport, NY — The Global Mural Conference is coming to both Canandaigua and Lyons as part of a Mobile Tour on Friday, September 23rd. For 20 years the Global Mural Conference, presented by the international Global Mural Arts & Cultural Tourism Association has convened every two years to celebrate and discuss the role of murals in communities all over the world. This year’s conference sponsored by Lyon’s Mural Mania program is being held in Fairport at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa with mobile tours at these two locations. The public is being invited to attend the Mobile Workshop presentations and events at both locations. The mobile tour starts at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa on Friday where a bus will leave promptly at 9:00 A.M. The mobile tour starts in Canandaigua on Friday where a mural dedication will be held at 9:30 AM for a recently new mural installation on Coach Street. Registration for this event can be completed on the Global Mural Conference website, www.2016gmc.com by September 19th. This project was coordinated by Amy Colburn, Artist and Illustrator, with four artists involved with the mural painting depicting the history of Canandaigua. Following the dedication a walking tour of mural sites along Main Street will be held with a living history presentation at the historic mural train depot site. The second mural dedication will be in Lyons in Wayne County following a full afternoon program at the Ohmann Theater and a downtown Lyons guided mural walking tour. In Lyons, presentations kick off at the Ohmann Theater beginning at12:30 PM with a film shown by Dr. Daniel Ward, "Boom and Bust: America's Journey on the Erie Canal.” The documentary was co-produced by Dr. Ward and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner. The film tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, and how small canal towns were impacted by the rise and fall of its industries. Following the movie, there will be presentations by Larry Ann Evans, Executive Director of the Wayne County Historical Society on the history of Wayne County; Sidney Dobbins, with reflections on her father, co-founder of Mural Mania, Noel Dobbins; George Fritz from Lockport will share his experience with public art projects on how to navigate the path from idea to a community treasure; and Thomas Dunne, President and CEO of OnCell will give an update on the latest digital technology that provides innovative opportunities to impact tourism for communities with public art. An admission fee of $10.00 may be paid at the door of the Ohmann Theater, 67 Williams Street, Lyons for the film that also includes all the afternoon speaker presentations. The dedication for the mural in Lyons will begin at 4 PM at the MVP Auto Parts building at 6 Montezuma Street. Erica Swenson, the artist, commissioned to paint the mural created a historic scene depicting the Enlarged Erie Canal as it wound its way through the village in the 1880’s. Funding support was received from the Boehmler Foundation to help with the project. This is a unique opportunity for schools to bring student groups as part of a hands-on learning experience about local and American history of the Erie Canal at the Ohmann Theater on Friday, September 23rd at 12:30 PM. Please contact Mark De Cracker for special group pricing at: 315-573-8170 or email: mark@2016gmc.com. More information about the conference can be found about the website: www.2016gmc.com


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