Public Art Design Committee

We recognize that the beautification of the City's public areas add greatly to the quality of life of Hutchinson’s citizens, attracts tourism, and provides incentives to business to locate in the City, thereby expanding Hutchinson’s economic base.

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Apr 15

Chester I. Lewis Plaza

Posted on April 15, 2021 at 12:24 PM by Rebekah Keasling

Murals in Chester Lewis Plazy by Brandan Martinez, Josh Tripoly and Jocelyn Woodson

The Public Art Design Council is proud to support the three murals that give life to the new Chester I. Lewis Plaza. The center mural by "Lupoli," funded through the City’s Percent for Public Art Ordinance, hearkens to the iconic symbols of our community’s identity—a postcard for our people to be reminded of what we collectively own and celebrate.

The pair of murals on either side by local Black artists Brendan Martinez and Jocelyn Woodson deepen our collective history and identity to recognize the life and impact of our own civil rights revolutionary and plaza namesake, Chester I. Lewis. Though privately funded, the Public Art Design Council was honored to partner with Hutch In Harmony on the murals through the Citizens’ Initiated Public Art Process.

Together, these three murals speak to our vibrancy and persistence as a community and people. Our sincere hope is that this plaza in the historic heart of our community becomes a gathering place where everyone belongs and where everyone sees themselves reflected in our history, our present, and the abundant possibilities of our future.

 - Kari Mailloux, Public Art Design Council Chair