SHINE, St. Petersburg (FL)

Sep 6, 2015

St. Pete’s mural festival SHINE is intended to illuminate the power of art in public spaces by revitalizing areas, inspiring dialogue and uniting the community. You can find over 20 murals by international and local artists produced this year (and a few years ago) throughout the city, with additional art exhibits and events. Map of walls. There are walking mural tours every Saturday leaving from Florida CraftArt. Cost: $10 per person. Driving time from Gainesville: 2 h 30 min.  When: September 2016. 

Open Walls Baltimore, Baltimore (MD)

Aug 22, 2015

Open Walls Baltimore is an unparalleled street art project managed by and located in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District and curated by Gaia (interview with the artist and curator). In addition to murals, Open Walls featured a range of installations, performances, and programming with an arts-based revitalization mission and place making strategy by managing quality public art projects, providing thought-provoking programming, and forging strong supportive relationships with local artists and businesses. Map of walls. Driving time from Gainesville: 12 hours.

The Richmond Mural Project, Richmond (VA)

Jul 26, 2015

RMP is a yearly event with the goal of creating over 100 murals by world renown talent and establish Richmond, VA as a premier art destination. Launched in 2012 with the help of Venture Richmond and the City of Richmond. Organised and curated by Shane Pomajambo Art Whino. “Moonshine” mural by Etam Cru, was ranked No. 3 in global publication Buzzfeed’s “Best Street Art in the World of 2013” list.
2012-2015 murals location (over 60) is listed here. Driving time from Gainesville: 10 hours. When: June 2016. 

The Going Vertical, Sarasota (FL)

Jun 15, 2015

The Sarasota Chalk Festival began its “Going Vertical” program in 2011, in which local, national and international artists are invited to paint on designated walls downtown. During the first year, the local press raved about a mural by Berlin-based artist MTO. This mural was quickly obliterated as a result of pressure from unnamed locals, who interpreted the hand mural as a gang symbol. The property owner had the mural painted over. This sparked a fiery discussion about the role of property owners and the censorship of mural art. In 2014 The Sarasota Chalk Festival along with Going Vertical moved to Venice, FL. Driving time from Gainesville: up to 3 hours. When: November 2016. 
Interview with the founder and CEO of the projects.