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American Jazz Museum to unveil nine-panel mural created by hundreds of artists

Community mural aims to bring 'Harmony on the Vine' and beyond

At the 18th and Vine Jazz District, the community was invited to paint a section of the "Harmony on the Vine" mural on First Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. The nine-panel mural, designed and sketched by artist and educator Michael Toombs, depicts the jazz
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At the 18th and Vine Jazz District, the community was invited to paint a section of the "Harmony on the Vine" mural on First Friday, Aug. 5, 2016. The nine-panel mural, designed and sketched by artist and educator Michael Toombs, depicts the jazz

After months of preparation and contributions from hundreds of artists, an 8-foot-tall, nine-panel mural will be unveiled Friday in the 18th & Vine Jazz District.

The mural, “Harmony on the Vine: Spill Paint Not Blood,” will be unveiled at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the American Jazz Museum as part of the 18th & Vine Jazz District’s First Friday celebration.

Jazz District officials have encouraged visitors to dress in 1920s clothing for the unveiling.

Hundreds of artists of various ages and backgrounds painted the 36-foot-wide mural between August and November. Muralist Michael Toombs designed and sketched the mural, which represents a mix of Kansas City’s past and present contributions to jazz.

Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, executive director of the American Jazz Museum, said once the panels are assembled, the image will capture the vibrancy of the Jazz District. She added the goal of the project was to create something visual to illustrate the connection between jazz and Kansas City.

“This truly is a legacy art piece for our community to enjoy now and for generations to come,” Kositany-Buckner said.

Coloring books, T-shirts and prints of the mural will be on sale at the Swing Shop located in the American Jazz Museum. The mural will be displayed there as well.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter

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