Tucson artists to revamp downtown buildings with mural project

Tucson artists to revamp downtown buildings with mural project

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Several buildings in downtown Tucson are getting a makeover as part of an effort to cover up graffiti and vandalism.

Eight local artists have been chosen to paint murals on the buildings, which include the Tucson Warehouse and Transfer Co., the Rialto Theatre and Wig-O-Rama.

The Tohono O'odham Tribe gave the Tucson Mural Project a $50,000 gr ant to pay the artists and provide materials for artwork that reflects diversity in style and culture.

Rock Martinez is one of the chosen artists.

He said he hopes Tucson residents will see this as a positive change.

"We have our own enriched culture. I hope that these murals have cultural preservation and they'll make people aware of our surroundings when they come visit," Martinez said.

The artists will begin transferring their designs onto the buildings at the beginning of May.

Residents can also help Tucson officials spot graffiti by reporting it on their smartphones.

Download the "MyTucson" app for free in the iPhone App Store or Android Market.

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