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Madison Visionary Partners Unveils New Mural Trail

Madison Visionary Partners (MVP), along with city officials, unveiled two new murals in the City of Madison, as part of the first phase of its new mural trail. 

“The Madison Mural Trail is truly a grassroots effort that began with a group of community members who wanted to see more public art in our City,” said Melanie Thornton, Executive Director of MVP. “MVP was happy to spearhead this project for our community.” 

“Public art enhances the quality of life for our community, and these first murals highlight the City of Madison in thoughtful and unique ways,” said Mayor Paul Finley, “As Mayor and Council, we appreciate Madison Visionary Partners for their efforts in raising funds and launching the Madison Mural Trail. The local artists MVP commissioned have truly captured the heart of Madison through their incredible talent!” 

The first mural, “March of the Monarch,” is located at the Avenue at 92 Shorter Street, just outside of Honest Coffee Roasters. Created by local artist Ann Moeller, it pays homage to the monarch butterfly—Alabama’s state insect and a symbol of transformation and community, which also represents Madison’s own growth and transformation. 

The March of the Monarch also aims to raise awareness about the monarch's migration journey, with Madison being a part of this important path. 

MVP received funding from the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors (HAAR), Toyota Alabama, Sealy Management and Bank Independent for the monarch mural. 

The second mural, “Madison Station,” is located on the side of 14 Main Street in historic downtown Madison. This mural celebrate’s Madison history and is specifically designed to engage children through the colorful, artistic style of North Alabama artist Sonya Clemons, also known as the Art Lady. 

The Alabama State Council on the Arts and Alabama House Representative Parker Moore (District Four) funded the Madison Station mural. 

“These murals will easily become two of the most photographed places in Madison, driving even more people to our downtown area and local businesses,” said Thornton. “But they both have an educational component to them that is important.” 

Each mural will have its own dedicated webpage on the MVP site that will delve further into their subject matter. Partnering with community organizations like the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the Madison Station Historic Society to provide the site’s information, MVP also plans to offer educational programming and activities to complement the murals. 

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