Walk, bike, or drive around downtown Traverse City and you will soon see one of the enormous art banners hanging from the walls of some of the buildings. Brainchild of retired Art Department Chair of Northwestern Michigan College, Paul Welch, the Art Banner Project is a continuously evolving outdoor art gallery of colorful, edgy, fun, and eye-popping images that began adorning blank building walls in the downtown area two years ago.
The Art Banner Project is officially administered by the college’s Dennos Museum Center and is supported by private donations. As more empty wall spaces become available and additional building owners sign-on, further art banners will be installed.
Each banner is produced locally by Britten Studios and is displayed for up to six months at a time before being replaced by a new image/banner. Unlike most painted murals, these art banners can be readily and easily produced, displayed, rotated, and replaced year round.
Major kudos to everyone involved in the Art Banner Project for this awesome placemaking idea! Below are additional images of the art banners currently on display in downtown Traverse City. Enjoy!