WINSTED — The American Mural Project is hosting an open mill event March 15, allowing visitors to view the mural installation progress. Tours are offered at 1 and 2 p.m., eacih lasting about 45 minutes, at 90 Whiting Street in Winsted.
Since AMP is not currently open to the public, this event provides a first-hand sneak peek into the installation process before it is complete, which is anticipated to be in the next two years, according to members of the project.
Open Mill visits include an overview of founder and artistic director Ellen Griesedieck’s inspiration for the mural, as well as AMP’s current and future plans for the mural, education programs, and expansion. Through staff-guided tours, visitors will learn about the mural’s tribute to American workers, the people depicted in the mural, and why the subjects were chosen. Tours also provide an opportunity to hear stories about the represented workers and to ask questions.
“Although there is much more of the mural to be installed, the recent huge step in the process has transformed this amazing space in a way that can’t be described,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the American Mural Project, in a statement. “Pictures do not do it justice. Seeing it in person is the only way to experience the full effect, scale, and artistry unfolding.”
Limited spaces are available and previous Open Mill tours sold out well in advance. A donation of $5/person is encouraged. “As a nonprofit organization readying to open to the public, AMP relies on donations to fund all events and programs. AMP merchandise, including one-of-a-kind hand-painted t-shirts and hoodies, will be available for purchase,” members said.
To reserve a space or for more information, go to www.americanmuralproject.org/events or call 860-379-3006. As the mural installation progresses, additional Open Mill events will be scheduled throughout 2020.