The Art of The Unexpected

Mural festival expands in second year

Posted: September 2, 2016 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK “Street art and the graffiti movement is huge,” says artist Maser. “It’s this newer sort of thing that we don’t really have a label on yet. Because I’m in the gallery sticking up ribbon, you know? And I used to do graffiti. So I don’t really know how to label what we’re all doing right now but I know in a few years, we’ll be able to look back and be like, ‘Oh, that was this little movement that was happening.’ So it’s cool — it’s exciting to be in it.”

Fort Smith may be the second largest city in Arkansas, but with less than 100,000 people, it still probably isn't the first or second or third city in the state where you would expect to find a major art movement happening. That's exactly why when community members created a street mural festival last year, they called it The Unexpected. Seven international street artists converged on the city to simultaneously create larger-than-life murals across downtown. Now in its second year, the festival is expanding its borders and its mediums.

FAQ

The Unexpected Festival

WHEN — Through Sept. 11

WHERE — Around downtown Fort Smith; Center Street & College Avenue in Fayetteville

COST — Free

INFO — 646downtown.com

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