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The Johnson City Public Art Committee will unveil “Johnson City: 150 Years,” a multi-panel mural created by nine local schools and the Johnson City Parks and Recreation art group, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 on the 200-foot wall behind Johnson City Transit, 137 W. Market St.

The 5-by-10 foot panels will be installed as part of the City’s yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration. Participants were encouraged to include images that expressed what they find exciting about Johnson City. The mural captures the early history of Johnson City to the most recent.

The community along with participating teachers, students, and art group members are invited to attend this special event. Mayor Jenny Brock, Sesquicentennial Commissioner Donna Noland and Johnson City Public Art Chairwoman Nancy Fischman will briefly speak to kick-off the unveiling.

The Johnson City Public Art Committee was responsible for the project’s design concept and coordination. A subcommittee oversaw the project. Mary Nees served as creative director. Michelle Treece assisted with coordination, and Andy Russell provided technical support. Johnson City Public Works also assisted with coordination and will install the 10 panels.

The following schools and art group made this project possible: Ashley Academy led by Maryam Awan, Cherokee Elementary led by Beth Bartchy-Smith, Johnson City Parks and Recreation art group led by Mary Lee Baker, Liberty Bell Middle School led by Brooke Velsor, Mountain View Elementary led by Joanna Barnett, Providence Academy led by Kim Milburn, Saint Mary’s School led by Felicia Faniola-Gregory, Science Hill High School led by Mike Austin, Topper Academy led by Lyn Govette, and Towne Acres led by Louann Sharp.

To learn more about the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit For more information about the yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, visit or follow @jctn150 (Johnson City 150 — Sesquicentennial Celebration) on Facebook.


CONTACT:    Cheyenne Kumbhare