Art & Soul: The Visual Arts - Tree Towns Murals Created With Community Participation

Apr 11, 2019

Mural created by Tree Town Murals for the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.
Credit Lisa Barry

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry and Omari Rush talk to the founder of Tree Town Murals, Mary Thiefels.

A closeup of the mural in the museum's community room.
Credit Lisa Barry


Tree Town Murals is a program meant to inspire local artists and encourage community-wide projects.  Its newest project is a mural of the Huron River Wateshed at the new University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, which is a mosaic of artwork contributed by numerous museum members.  Murals at Wines Elementary School and the Google office in Ann Arbor are also in the works.

Mary Thiefels wears her art on her hands with paint-stained fingers.
Credit Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU


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