Launched in 2002 by artist Ellen Griesedieck, the American Mural Project (AMP) is creating the largest indoor collaborative artwork in the world—a mural 120 feet long, 48 feet high, and up to ten feet deep. The mural is a tribute to American workers and highlights what has defined the country over the last century. It serves as the center of the organization’s education programs, and seeks to inspire, to educate, to invite collaboration, and to reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture. Nothing like it exists in the world.
More than 10,000 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 2018.