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What Defines Muskegon – Public Art Mural

WHAT DEFINES MUSKEGON?

A Mural by Dr, Hubert Massey to be Installed in Downtown Muskegon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 9, 2021

MUSKEGON, MI –The MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative, a program of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, announces its fifth project, which will be installed on the exterior façade of the Mercy Health Arena, weather permitting, on Friday, December 10, 2021, beginning mid-morning.

This public art commission is a monumentally scaled mural, 65-feet by 12-feet, painted in oils on aluminum composite panels, created by award-winning artist Dr. Hubert Massey of Detroit, Michigan. Planning for this project first began in the fall of 2019. The subject and scope of this mural was determined by a series of efforts in Muskegon to engage various people in the community to assist the artist in understanding What Defines Muskegon.  These efforts were done in collaboration with the Downtown Arts Committee of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Muskegon Heritage Museum, the James Jackson Museum of African America History, and the YEP Program of Community encompass

In 2020 and 2021, the MuskegonCity Public Art initiative conducted four community forums and three feedback sessions with a diverse audience of over 50 community members and artist Dr. Hubert Massey to gather ideas and inspiration for this work. Included in the forums were students, retirees, community leaders, neighborhood advocates, and citizens from all walks of life, ages ranging from 16 to 70+, men and women, and a diversity of ethnic backgrounds mirroring the population of the Muskegon community.

We asked this broad cross-section of our community a series of simple questions about what they thought and what they believed defines their community.  Is it our heterogeneous community? Is it our natural resources? Is it our mighty industrial heritage? Over the last 150 years, what has attracted and sustained the diversity of people who have made this resilient city what it is today? Their answers were thoughtful, heartfelt, and inspiring.

WHAT DEFINES MUSKEGON  is the story of Muskegon as our participants shared it with Dr. Massey, from the presence of the indigenous tribal peoples, to our lumbering boom and the industrial waves of progress that followed, from the impact of the Great Migration on our community in the 1930s and 1940s which helped to fuel Muskegon’s remarkable contribution to the war years, to the transformation of our community into this vibrant and diverse place rich with opportunity, culture, and a natural environment, this place we all call home.

Support for this mural has been provided by the MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative, Howmet Aerospace Foundation, the City of Muskegon, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Muskegon Rotary Foundation, the Hines Corporation, Nichols, Parmenter Law, the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, and over three dozen private individual donors.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Dr. Hubert Massey, a muralist, fresco, and mosaic artist, is a Michigan native hailing from Flint and a graduate of Grand Valley State University.  Dr. Massey, through his instinctive and innate ways is also, at heart and ultimately, a storyteller, seeking out and recreating the stories of community, translating them into his own visual language.

An award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow, Massey’s distinctive fresco murals grace the halls of such visible Michigan destinations as the Flint Institute of the Arts, Detroit Athletic Club, and his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, where he earned an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2012. In 2014 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned Hubert to create the first large-scale mural completed for the Cobo Center since 1987.

Dr. Massey also studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants of legendary Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Today Hubert is one of the very few fresco artists in America.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Judith Hayner, Project Director
MuskegonCity Public Art Initiative
judyhayner@gmail.com
231-638-0433

INVITATION FOR BIDS – W-91838.1, W-91838.2, W-91838.3 (Water Service Replacements)

W-91838.1 ($100,000.00)

The City of Muskegon, Michigan will receive sealed bids until 2:00 p.m. local time on

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following items of work to include:

  • Group 1 – Complete water service replacements at various locations within the City of Muskegon.

W-91838.2 ($150,000.00)

The City of Muskegon, Michigan will receive sealed bids until 2:00 p.m. local time on

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following items of work to include:

  • Group 2 – Complete water service replacements at various locations within the City of Muskegon.

W-91838.3 ($150,000.00)

The City of Muskegon, Michigan will receive sealed bids until 2:00 p.m. local time on

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, Michigan, at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for the following items of work to include:

  • Group 3 – Complete water service replacements at various locations within the City of Muskegon.

Electronic copies of Plans and Specifications may be obtained on or after Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from the City of Muskegon website, or by request to the Engineering Department via phone or email; 231.724.6707 or engineering@shorelinecity.com. Printed copies can be obtained by request from the Engineering Department located at 1350 E. Keating Ave, Muskegon MI, 49442 for a cost of $40.

An amount equal to five percent (5%) of the Bid must be submitted with each Bid Proposal in one of three forms acceptable to the City of Muskegon.

Contract documents may be examined at the following locations:

  • Public Services Building, 1350 E. Keating Ave., Muskegon MI  49442
  • City of Muskegon website: www.shorelinecity.com
  • Grand Rapids Builders Exchange

Attention is called to the fact that the City requires: the Contractor consider hiring local work force insofar as possible, not less than the salaries and wages set forth in the Specifications must be paid, 14% minority and 6.9% female are the goals established for participation in each trade, the Contractor must ensure employees and applicants for employment are not discriminated against based upon their race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicapped condition nor veteran background, and all pertinent regulations must be complied with. Bids may not be withdrawn within sixty (60) days after bid opening. The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any or all bids or to waive any informalities or irregularities in the bidding.

A Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held in the Conference Room at the City of Muskegon Public Services Building located at 1350 E Keating Avenue at 2:00 pm on, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at which time and place any questions regarding this Project should be presented.  Minutes from the Pre-Bid Conference will become an Addendum to the Contract.

                                                                                                CITY OF MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN
By:  Ann Meisch, City Clerk

PUBLISH: 1/9/2019        

ADA POLICY

The City will provide necessary appropriate auxiliary aids services, for example, signers for the hearing impaired, audio tapes for the visually impaired, etc., for disabled persons who want to attend the meeting, upon twenty-four hour notice to the City.  Contact:

Ann Meisch, City Clerk
City of Muskegon, City Hall
933 Terrace Street, Muskegon, MI 49440
(231) 724-6705 or TDD (231) 724-6773

W 91838 Project Timeline
ADDENDUM NO.1 – Contract 1, 2 & 3 (PRE-BID MEETING MINUTES 2019-01-23.pdf)
ADDENDUM NO.2 – Contracts 2 & 3 (UPDATED PROGRESS CLAUSE 2019-02-11)
ADDENDUM NO.3 – Contract 3 (UPDATED BID TABULATION 2019-02-11)
W-91838 As-Read Bid Results (2019-02-21)

W 91838.1 Documents
W 91831.1 Bidders Packet
W 91838.1 Contract Document Rev1
W-91838.1 Bid Tabulation

W 91838.2 Documents
W 91838.2 Bidders Packet
W 91838.2 Contract Document Rev1
W-91838.2 Bid Tabulation

W 91838.2 Documents
W 91838.3 Bidders Packet
W 91838.3 Contract Document Rev1
W-91838.3 Bid Tabulation

Special DDA Meeting 3-14-17

CITY OF MUSKEGON
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY / BROWNFIELD
REDEVELOMENT AUTHORITY
SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

A meeting of the City’s Downtown Development Authority/Brownfield Redevelopment
Authority will be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017 at 2:30 P.M. in the Bryon L.
Mazade Conference Room (#203) in City Hall, 933 Terrace Street, Muskegon MI 49440.