More than 100 murals planned for The Edge District this October for Paint Memphis 2023

What’s happening: Paint Memphis, the annual public art street festival first launched in 2015, is moving to The Edge District for their 2023 event. More than 100 murals will be painted throughout the district on Saturday, Oct. 7, while concerts, artisan vendors, immersive kids’ activities, and plenty more will take place at The Ravine Park nearby.

Submitted design for Paint Memphis 2023 by the artist Kirsten Sandlin.What it is: Paint Memphis has been involving community members in the placemaking power of public art since 2015, having adorned more than 200,000 sq. ft. of city spaces with murals and other public art works. Such projects have taken place on Chelsea Avenue, in the Carriage and Snuff Districts, Downtown, and Midtown. The organization also hosts monthly hands-on paint workshops and additional community mural projects.

What’s planned: More than 100 murals are expected to be painted throughout The Edge District from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, with a free hands-on mural workshop led by renowned artist Curtis Glover kicking things off at 571 Marshall Ave. Throughout the day, The Ravine Park will host concerts, artisan vendors, immersive painting activities for kids, live metal sculpting, food trucks, performances by the Memphis Hoopers, and more.

Prior to the big day, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, more than 60 of the professional artists participating in the festival will host a gallery exhibition at 571 Marshall Ave.

What they’re saying: “Paint Memphis is thrilled to collaborate with so many stake-holders to revitalize The Edge District,” says Kirsten Sandlin, one of two new co-directors of Paint Memphis, along with David Yancy. “The community spirit in The Edge has been remarkable, and we can’t wait to show all that Paint Memphis has in store this year and in the future.”

Visit Paint Memphis online for a complete breakdown of festival events, sites, schedules, and more.

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