Mark (Twain) your calendars for the upcoming Mark Twain Celebration in Norwalk! In honor of Mark Twain’s 182nd birthday, join us for a one-hour docent-led tour at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, 06851, to view murals dedicated to Twain’s literary works. Tour meets in the first floor atrium at 10:30 AM, and tickets are required.
Norwalk artist Justin Gruelle, a resident of Silvermine, was commissioned under the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to research and paint fourteen murals for Norwalk public buildings. Gruelle chose to illustrate Mark Twain’s fiction and nonfiction works in six large murals painted in 1936 for Norwalk’s former Center School building. Come join our lively, docent-led tour to view this set of beautifully restored murals through the lens of Twain’s literary works.
This Norwalk Arts Commission-sponsored tour includes a short walk to the Norwalk Historical Society Museum to view the new exhibit: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, which features Steamboat Days on the Mississippi, a Gruelle mural illustrating Twain’s memoir, “Life on the Mississippi,” (written in 1883).
Norwalk has one of the largest collections of restored WPA murals in the United States. Local artists employed by the federal government during the Great Depression created more than 48 murals for public display; 30 are located in Norwalk City Hall.
More information and tickets are available on EventBrite. $5 ticket fee is donated to the Norwalk Historical Society.