They call themselves "The Brush Monkeys," and, every year for the past 15 years, they have created art in downtown Ann Arbor business windows hoping to boost local shopping efforts. Despite the pandemic and more shopping online due to health concerns, the Brush Monkeys still created their annual window displays this year. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks to one of them, also the co-founder of TreeTown Murals, Mary Thiefels, about this year's effort.
Public art has been a mainstay in Ann Arbor during the pandemic, including during this holiday season. Thanks to a group of local artists who call themselves “The Brush Monkeys” holiday window art was created this year around downtown Ann Arbor despite the pandemic.
Mary Thiefels is one of the Brush Monkeys and is also co-founder of TreeTown Murals. She said outside art has meant they can continue to share creativity around Ann Arbor.
She said they partnered with Ann Arbor businesses to bring visibility to their downtown storefronts especially during the pandemic when people are shopping more online.
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