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ST. JOE TODAY AND CORNERSTONE ALLIANCE PARTNER ON A PERMANENT MURAL IN BENTON HARBOR

ST. JOSEPH, MI—Cornerstone Alliance and St. Joe Today have partnered together to bring a permanent mural to the alley behind the Cornerstone Alliance building in Benton Harbor. 

St. Joe Today started the mural project in 2018, the week leading up to Chalk the Block, with a permanent mural on the back of the Welcome Center building and continued with two temporary murals on the bluff stairs, the first installed the summer of 2019 and the second this past summer. All three pieces were commissioned and painted by Houston, Texas based artist Anat Ronen. 

A second permanent mural was commissioned by Minnesota based artist Shawn McCann in the fall of 2019. This mural can be found on the back of the Holt Bosse building, located in the 100 block of State Street. 

The third permanent mural was commissioned by Florida based artist Kumpa Tawornprom in the fall of 2021. This mural can be found on the side of the Silver Harbor Brewing Co. building in downtown St. Joseph. 

Zapal says this time around they partnered with Indiana based artist Jeff Pilkinton. “We were very excited to work with Cornerstone Alliance to continue the mural project and to expand it into Benton Harbor. This latest addition is a vibrant piece that engages the community. It’s located in the alley behind Cornerstone Alliance and continues to expand the footprint of the mural project into Benton Harbor.” 

St. Joe Today plans to continue the mural project in the future. “The murals have been well received by the community, and we can’t wait to plan more,” says Zapal. “Projects will continue in the spring and early summer, weather permitting.”
 

Additional upcoming spring and summer events: 

St. Joe Farmers Market: Saturdays, May 28-October 8 (9:00a-2:00p) Lake Bluff Artisan Fair: June 4, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 (10:00a-5:00p) Antiques on the Bluff: June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2 (10:00a-5:00p) Love Local Weekends: Third Weekend of the Month, June-September Friday Night Concert Series: June 17, July 16, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 (7:00p-8:00p) Mike Yore Memorial Car Show: Friday, July 15 (4:00p-8:00p) 

Chalk the Block: Aug. 5-7 (All Weekend) 

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas. 

St. Joe Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to producing fantastic events and promoting local businesses in St. Joseph, Michigan and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events and details call St. Joe Today at (269) 985 1111 or visit stjoetoday.com.