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Duluth Street Art Initiative to Pay Tribute to Frontline Heroes at St. Luke’s

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Duluth Street Art Initiative - St. Luke'sWHEN: Saturday, April 25

WHERE: St. Luke’s Clinic Building, 1011 E. 1st Street, Duluth

TIME: 9-10 a.m.

WHAT: The Duluth Street Art Initiative, a local non-profit, is launching its efforts with a tribute to healthcare workers. They will be installing a 4’ x 8’ painted sign on plywood, titled ‘Thank You Frontline Heroes’.

The group wanted to share an act of kindness, extend its gratitude and give thanks to healthcare workers through art. The inspiration for the project came from seeing other examples of healthcare organizations being recipients of motivational and inspirational art. The group will also be creating 6’’ x 6’’ tiles to give to local essential businesses to display.

The Duluth Street Art Initiative was created by Minnesota’s Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke. While walking through the skywalk he ran into a friend who is a member of the Clean & Safe Team and a retired police officer. The man mentioned a problem with graffiti and Judge Floerke was reminded of the incredible street art he had seen while teaching in Melbourne, Australia. He then reached out to the Greater Downtown Council and Duluth Art Institute and was able to create the Duluth Street Art Initiative. The goal is to support public art in Duluth and beyond. Along with the art display at St. Luke’s, the group is also working on art along the entry to the Lakewalk and behind NorShor Theatre.