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November 9, 2021

HATTIESBURG, MS (Nov. 10, 2021) – Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA), a program of VisitHATTIESBURG, recently added two holiday pop-up art murals to alleyways in downtown Hattiesburg, with more in the production for later this month.

The temporary murals, located just off Main St. in downtown Hattiesburg, feature greeting-card style backgrounds. The green “joy, love, and peace” mural stands 10 feet by 10 feet tall and can be found on the back of the Kress Building. Additionally, a red 12 foot by 12 foot “most wonderful time of the year” design can be spotted across the alley next to the Regions ATM. 

“These festive murals were designed to spread holiday cheer to all who visit downtown this season. With the Hattiesburg Pocket Museum, bustling downtown shops and eateries, and upcoming holiday events in the area, these available walls were natural homes for the welcoming backdrops,” Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHATTIESBURG, said. “We are thankful to the owners of the Kress and Lennon buildings for partnering with HAPA.”

HAPA continues to expand public art offerings in Hattiesburg, highlighting the city as Mississippi’s creative hub. The organization has added 12 permanent, large-scale murals to Hattiesburg’s public art collection over the last 20 months. The HBURG Public Art Trail now has 45 stops with the recent addition of “Spread Your Wings.”

Several additional art projects are underway around Hattiesburg, details of which will be announced soon. For a map of public art in Hattiesburg, visit HAPA’s Facebook and Instagram pages or Mural visitors are encouraged to share their images on social using #MuralsofHBURG or #ArtHBURG for a chance to be featured on HAPA’s social media.

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A program of VisitHATTIESBURG, HAPA began in 2014 through the leadership of community members and generous donors passionate about publicly sharing art and making it accessible to all. In the past six years, HAPA has purchased and placed art throughout the city – in parks, neighborhoods, public buildings, and businesses – while also raising awareness for works of art already in the area. Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art is made possible through the support of local organizations and individuals who believe in the importance of public art.