President Michael Alberts has announced the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation will be matching donations up to $3,000 to help bring the MLK39 Mural Tour to Putnam.

The goal of the state-wide tour, which is organized by RiseUP for Arts, is to bring 39 large-scale murals to communities across Connecticut, each representing one year in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each mural will celebrate the diversity and culture of the community, while highlighting the messages of Dr. King.

The matching grants from the Foundation will help organizers meet their final goal of $15,000, which will be used to create a mural to be located at the Hale Family YMCA in Putnam. Expected to be revealed in the spring of 2022, additional events will be planned including community volunteer paint days and a block party celebration. The mural will be the 15th produced with more planned across the state.

“Public art and the works of Dr. King serve as powerful tools to acknowledge and celebrate our diverse community,” said Alberts. “We are proud to support this initiative and hope that our pledge of matching grants will help the project reach its ultimate goal.”

Dot Burnworth, chair of the MLK39 mural committee in northeast CT said, “I’m thrilled and honored to help bring this mural to Putnam. I am fully in support of this project, both because it exemplifies the ideals and values I want to see in my community and also because public art engages people and brings them together. This mural’s message of equality and diversity is one that will reflect the values of our community: Everyone is welcome and valued.”

For more information about the state-wide campaign, or to make a donation to the northeast Connecticut mural, visit www.gofundme.com/f/putnams-mlk39-diversity-and-equity-mural or www.ctmurals.com/mlk39.

The RiseUP Group, Inc. is Connecticut’s only state-wide public art nonprofit with a mission to help communities imagine what’s possible. Launched in 2015 the RiseUP for Arts program is a response to communities and local artists’ need for support in creating more vibrant and positive towns and cities across Connecticut.