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Nov. 6, 2020

Downtown mural presentation to be live-streamed

The Johnson City Public Art Committee (JCPAC) will present “We’ll Always Be Together,” a mural that celebrates the diversity present within our community and symbolizes the notion of putting down roots in a particular area at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 10).

The JCPAC distributed a request for qualifications for artists last November. A Mural Selection Committee comprised of community members and representatives from the JCPAC reviewed the 152 submissions received and selected three semi-finalists to develop mural proposals. Following the artists’ proposal presentations in early March, artist Daas’ design, which features three children planting flowers, was selected.

Daas indicates that the mural suggests the children will always be together in spirit even when their lives pull them in different directions, and the flowers will serve as a reminder of their enduring friendship. The mural has also been interpreted as a message of hope, with the three children planting the seeds for a future rich in diversity and racial equality. The theme given for the mural project was “bounty”, and Daas’ design conveys this theme through images that express an appreciation of friendship, togetherness, community, memories of childhood, and love for the natural environment. 

The event will be livestreamed from the Johnson City Public Art Committee’s Facebook page (@JohnsonCityPublicArt). Those in attendance will be required to follow CDC and local health guidelines, including wearing face coverings and maintaining proper social distance.

To learn more about the Johnson City Public Art Committee, visit