left: Elio Mercado in progress, top middle: Mercado, bottom middle: Broderick Flanigan with one of his murals (photo by Nik Nerburn), right: Mercado’s Hot Corner Mural concept sketch


The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is pleased to announce that preparation and installation of a new mural, Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy, on the east side of the Morton Theatre Building (195 W Washington St.) will begin the week of May 20th. Selected artist Elio Mercado will working on the mural until the unveiling at this year’s Hot Corner Festival, June 8 at 1:30pm. Mercado will be working with local artist Broderick Flanigan, who will serve as a liaison between Mercado and community stakeholders. Mercado and Flanigan have been working together on a design that will reflect the history and legacy of Hot Corner so that its story can be told for generations to come.

Hot Corner: An Athens Legacy is a community focused mural amplifying the often silenced African American voice through visual art. The mural and associated outreach programs will engage audiences in the rich history of Hot Corner—the locus of African American entrepreneurship in Athens, GA.

Miami-based Mercado has several years experience with public art and community mural projects around the world. He specializes in creating meaningful works for communities that leave a lasting impression. His proposal was selected out of over 45 submissions by a panel of Athens community members, many of which with direct ties to Hot Corner and its history.

Flanigan, who grew up in Athens, is an artist, activist and educator. He has created murals throughout the Classic City and works with local youth through organizations such as Clarke County Mentor Program and his businesses, Flanigan’s Portrait Studio and Enlightened Media Productions. He will be facilitating a student workshop during the Hot Corner mural’s installation and moderating a storytelling event following the unveiling ceremony.

The mural will be unveiled in a ceremony during the Hot Corner Festival, June 8 at 1:30pm. This event is free and open to the public. Fore more information please email info@athensculturalaffairs.org.

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