Make Your Own Mural Fest

It can be hard to find safe ways to celebrate together during a pandemic. The Make Your Own Mural Fest in Northeast Indiana has a found a fun way to connect us.

The Make Your Own Mural Fest combines art, the outdoors and history. From September 8-18, 11 artists will be creating 11 totally new works of art in 11 different counties in the region. You can create your own road trip, or follow one of the 11 different road trip itineraries laid out for you.

Breathe mural in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Since you’ll be touring in your own car, you’ll already be social distancing. You can take it at your own pace. As an added bonus, you travel before the Make Your Own Mural Fest ends on September 18, you can actually see art being created in real time.

You can also check out photos on the website or follow along on social media. It’s fun to watch projects come together.

A covered bridge along the Make Your Own Mural Fest route

If you’re not in northeastern Indiana (or won’t be able to travel there by the end of the festival) that’s okay. The great thing about public art is that’s it’s accessible to all, at any time of day and any day of the year.

Following a Make Your Own Mural Fest itinerary is an easy way to explore 11 diverse regions of the state. Northeast Indiana holds many diverse landscapes and attractions that visitors can enjoy, even during a pandemic. Look for rivers and lakes, thriving Amish communities and picturesque scenery as well as more urban pleasures.

LaGrange County is one of the stops on the Make Your Own Mural Fest

I visited Fort Wayne and really enjoyed the city’s laid-back appeal, walkable downtown and thriving public art scene. Sometimes you have to work hard to see a city’s murals, but that wasn’t the case in Fort Wayne.

This piece was one of my favorites from that trip. It looked so dreamy in the light!

Guitar art in a Fort Wayne alleyway

One of my favorite things about covering public art is that it evolves with the city and with the times. Local artists in the region are constantly adding to the collection of public art in their communities.

If you make it to Make Your Own Mural Fest, I’d love to hear about it and see your photos. I’m busy promoting my new book Midwest Road Trip Adventures which ironically means I won’t be road tripping at all this month! But I’d love to live vicariously through your travels.

A mural in Fort Wayne, Indiana

What about you?
What did you love about Make Your Own Mural Fest?
How has the pandemic changed the way you travel?
What’s your favorite public art city?
What are your favorite road trips?
Where do you want to visit next?

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