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What We're About...
Art activations, community improvement through paint, elevation of society, smart economic development, artistic education and support, transformation of our region into a hub of vibrant color and inspiration.
What We Bring to Our Community
We’re Kristin and Scott, a couple of Middle Tennessee-based travel journalists, photographers and content marketers with a passion for seeking out the world’s best street art. From blighted areas in Lisbon to gentrified neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, we’ve made it our mission to promote muralists from across the globe.
DMA was born through this ethos and commitment to capturing the industrious, creative spirit inherent in mankind. It includes voices from across the community in a consideration process that, while inclusive, demands a future that political and civil leadership currently doesn’t see.
At the heart of our activities, we’re devoted to improving not just Coffee County, but Tennessee as a whole, through outside activations and art education, among other things, and we hope you’ll join this movement.
Our final installation during the October 2019 paint month, Eric 'Mobē' Bass and Kyle "Folek" Kelof took on the challenge of revitalizing a forgotten warehouse on the main highway through Tullahoma. Buffed and painted in three days with full freedom given to the artists, the series of pieces have been described as connecting to the ancient concept of the divine while highlighting the modern digital world into which we're evolving.
Landscape of the Heart
Nathan Brown is one of Nashville’s most prolific street artists, but he’s also painted all over the world, from Germany to Hungary to Kosovo. DMA was lucky to pin him down for ARTober, during which he spent the better part of a week splashing the downtown with colorful whimsy via a 50-by-30-foot wall on the back of the old Trader’s Bank in downtown Tullahoma. Nathan’s “Landscape of the Heart” represents the rolling terrain of Tennessee, as well the heart of the city—and the explosion of color coming to Tullahoma.
Chris Tidwell, more commonly known as forBecks, has left his mark all over Middle Tennessee in the form of Instagram like hearts, painted pinwheels, balloons and his iconic LEGO men, the latter of which he came to paint in downtown Tullahoma for DMA’s ARTober.
The Art of Harmony
Ty Christian’s work paints a powerful picture: that we should love and support our neighbor no matter the color of their skin, religion or political affiliation. He painted a mashup of outstretched hands on the back of Tullahoma’s Good Samaritan as a show of unity to humanity. It's his third in an ongoing mission to spread the message of harmony through large scale pieces of public artworks.
You Are Not Alone
Sarah Painter and Cosby Hayes, a muralist team out of Florida, had come up to paint for DMA’s first ARTober event. While here, news of a teen who took his own life because of embarrassment and bullying hit the news cycle and impacted the community like a ton of bricks. Sarah and Cosby were inspired to paint an anti-bullying mural on the side of Foothills Crafts in Manchester in remembrance of Channing Smith to serve as a reminder that there is always a helping hand out there and that suicide is never the answer.
Another component of a Tennessee Arts Commission Creative Placemaking grant, Nashville-based artist Lance Turner was referred to us by Matt Willey and came to paint a triptych beneath a bridge in Manchester along the Little Duck River Greenway. Lance seamlessly incorporated his surroundings with things flanking the river, including magnolia leaves that have begun to turn and Black-Eyed Susans, as well as gradients to create a golden sheen to the background.
The Good of the Hive
As long-time fans of Matt Willey’s work, we were thrilled to get the chance to bring the acclaimed artist and activist to Manchester for his first Tennessee mural—and his 23rd installation in his Good of the Hive series. In an attempt to paint 50,000 bees, the number signifying a healthy hive, Matt is raising awareness about pollinators and inspiring people in communities of all sizes across the United States—and around the world.
Manchester Postcard Mural
The postcard concept comes from all over the United States in cities big and small. Eric 'Mobē' Bass brought this relatively simplistic design to life by taking a read on the location and community. The background represents the pastoral, farming nature of the region while capturing the spirit of Tennessee, in addition to a hidden motif. This postcard is designed to welcome visitors to our community while providing residents an opportunity to teleport into the countryside and beyond.
Pure magic happens when you give an artist full creative rein, which is how this bold, beautiful octopus came to greet passersby on 41A in downtown Tullahoma. After securing a Creative Placemaking grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission, we reached out to our initial muralist, Tara Aversa, and asked her to come down and paint whatever she was feeling called to do. The result took three days with a one-inch brush, and Bertha immediately became a local celebrity, in addition to Tullahoma’s first public mural.
We met Sarah Pearson while scouting out one of her paintings inside a local business in Manchester. Noticing her talent with smaller scale paintings, we recruited her to refurbish an old concrete pumping station block on a hillside along the greenway walking trail. In combination with this installation, she also performed on stage at River Romp, as she's a talented musician.
Ivan Roque found us through the network of the internet. We loved his work, he loved the thought of painting a triptych in the river, and a story was born. Representing a stylized American Eel in true Miami colors, this fish is an endangered species found only on the eastern coastal regions of the United States.
The Southern Magnolia Flag Mural was a labor of love by Tarabella Aversa on the side of Wheeler Construction & Restoration's building. Her tiny, one-inch brush was the largest tool she used to create this celebration of the United States of America in downtown Manchester, Tennessee. From the central, fully-opened magnolia flower seen in the middle to an ethereal Stars and Stripes, ghostly and floating as a window to the universal symbols of freedom, justice and the American South, this mural stands as tribute to the soil that generations of people have fought over.
We're always involved with something related to the arts in our area, and we'd love to see you attend one of these as a show of support and a little bit of fun.
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