The American Mural Project (AMP) seeks to inspire, to invite collaboration, and to reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture. A celebration of American ingenuity, productivity, and commitment to work, the project is intended as a tribute and a challenge. Nothing like it exists in the world.
More than 15,000 children and adults have helped create pieces of the mural, and an additional 30,000 from all 50 states are expected to help finish the project. A multi-subject curriculum based on the mural is now in pilot programs in local schools; an online version is in development.
Two former mill buildings on Whiting Street in Winsted, Connecticut, will house the mural and an adjacent visitors center, which will become a destination for school and teacher programs, after-school programming, summer enrichment activities, and lectures and workshops, as well as the onsite portion of AMP’s curriculum. The first mill building is currently being renovated and is projected to open in 2019.