A Socially Distanced Mural Dedication Event (Masks Required)
We invite the community to celebrate Luther Manus and see the mural created by artists Antonio Howard and Ceasar Westbrook that honors Luther's life and legacy.
Sunday, September 20 at 5pm - 7pm
26 E 12th St, Erie, PA 16501
The public art project started in mid-August. Artists Ceasar Westbrook and Antonio Howard collaborated to design and paint a mural that honors Luther Manus Jr., who turns 93 later this year. In 2019, Caesar worked as a paid assistant for the mural created at Dobbin’s Landing by international artist SatOne. That same year, he also won first place in CelebrateErie’s annual chalk walk initiative. Caesar works full-time as an art teacher at McKinley Elementary School. Antonio was one of Erie Arts & Culture’s 2019 Emerging Artist Fellows. He was also commissioned to create the artwork for 2020’s Erie Blues and Jazz Festival. This year, Antonio was working with Mercyhurst University’s Hafenmaier College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to develop a writing workshop for individuals incarcerated at the State Corrections Institution of Albion. This program has been temporarily postponed as a result of the public health pandemic. Antonio works full-time as a paralegal for the Federal Public Defender in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
This project is funded in part by Erie Insurance and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Additional in-kind support is provided by Sherwin-Williams Commercial Paint Store, Erie Downtown Partnership, and the Erie Parking Authority.
How you can help:
Erie Arts & Culture has pledged $2,500 to this project. We are asking that the community assist us in raising additional funds to support the project and the artists who create the mural.