The American Mural Project (AMP) is hosting Open Mill events on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 to view the current mural installation progress. Tours are offered at 11a.m. and 12:15 p.m. each day, lasting approximately 45 minutes, at AMP’s location, 90 Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut. Pre-registration is required for the tours; limited registrations are available. As AMP is not currently open to the public, these events provide a first-hand sneak peek into the installation process before it is complete, which is anticipated to be in the next eighteen months.
Open Mill visits include an overview of Founder and Artistic Director Ellen Griesedieck’s inspiration for the mural, as well as AMP’s current and future plans for the mural, education programs, and expansion. Through staff-guided tours, visitors will learn about the mural’s tribute to American workers, the people depicted in the mural, and why the subjects were chosen. Tours also provide an opportunity to hear stories about the represented workers and to ask questions. “So much more of the mural has been installed since we had to suspend tours last year,” said Amy Wynn, executive director of the American Mural Project. “Photographs do not do it justice or convey the scale of the work. Seeing the space transformed and the mural in person is the only way to experience the full effect and the artistry unfolding.”
Minimum suggested donation of $10/person is encouraged at the time of registration. As a nonprofit organization readying to open to the public, AMP relies on donations to fund all events and programs.
All health protocols regarding Covid-19 will be followed. All attendees are required to wear a mask while inside the building and maintain at least six feet of distance from other parties attending the tour. AMP merchandise, including one-of-a-kind hand-painted t-shirts and hoodies, will be available for purchase.
To make a tour reservation or for more information (advance reservations are required; no walk-ups), please visit americanmuralproject.org/open-mill-tours or call 860-379-3006.
As the mural installation progresses, additional Open Mill events will be scheduled throughout 2021.