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Tubman art

A rendering of Art for Auburn's Harriet Tubman public art project.

Art for Auburn — the group behind downtown installations like the painted crow murals on Exchange Street and the Big Store mosaic on the Edward T. Boyle Center — has announced its next project.

The team will create a painted mural of Harriet Tubman, with a mosaic background, on the rear wall of Genesee Center. The installation will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 23 through 25.

The wall, along Lincoln Street, faces Memorial City Hall and Route 34, which leads to the Harriet Tubman Home and forthcoming Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.

The project's creative team consists of Project Manager Jesse Kline, fine artist Tony Clubine and ceramic artist Jen Gandee. The mural will feature a portrait of Tubman painted by Clubine, surrounded by a glass and tile mosaic. Clubine's public art portfolio includes the exterior of the Liberty Store and the mural next to Colonial Laundromat, both on Genesee Street.

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"I am happy to be doing portrait of Harriet Tubman," Clubine said in a news release. "I admire her for her contributions to the human race. By doing this mural, I hope to inspire more people to contribute positive, uplifting, helpful and caring acts toward humankind."

Volunteers are sought to help with the project. No artistic experience is necessary, and volunteers can assist for any amount of time. All materials will be provided.

The project is supported by a Finger Lakes Community Arts Grant, part of the New York State Council on the Arts' decentralization program. It is also supported by the Harriet Tubman Downtown Memorial Committee, Harriet Tubman Boosters, the Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Peace and the Downtown Auburn Business Improvement District.

For more information, or to volunteer, email jessekline31@msn.com or find "Art for Auburn" on Facebook.

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