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New diversity mural painted on Var Gallery in Walker's Point

Yet another mural adorns a Walker's Point building, this time it's a large, colorful mural celebrating diversity on the north exterior wall of Var Gallery & Studios, 643 S 2nd St.

The new mural is 32 feet wide by 16 feet high and features the crossed-out word "ignore" replaced with the word "honor" followed by the word "difference."

"As we were painting it, we heard so many passersby contemplate its meaning," said the artists, Katie Mullen and Jordan Pintar. "That was our favorite part of the process. So instead of putting up an artist statement explaining it, like we'd originally planned to, we decided to continue to leave it up to the viewer."

This is the second artist-created mural 88Nine Radio Milwaukee commissioned this year. Earlier this fall, the first mural was completed by Stacey Williams-Ng on the Penfield Children's Center, 833 N. 26th St.

Radio Milwaukee selected and commissioned artists this year for both murals through a Mary L. Nohl Fund grant and with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Sherwin-Williams and Empire Painting Wisconsin donated the paint.

The murals are part of 88Nine's activities recognizing the non-profit station's 10th anniversary this year on air and in the community.

"We designed our mural program to create a long-lasting message from 88Nine to our community to celebrate our 10th anniversary," says Marketing Director Alyssa Feuerer. "We are so happy to have this new work in our studio's Walker's Point neighborhood to encourage people to be more accepting and empathetic with their neighbors."

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