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2018

Power of Words: Two more murals coming to downtown IM

Iron Mountain Daily News-15 hours ago

(Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photos). IRON MOUNTAIN — Downtown Iron Mountain can expect a little more color this summer when Mia Tavonatti returns to the area to create two more wall murals as part of a regional expansion of her Power of Words Project. The Iron Mountain Downtown Development …

Two more murals for downtown Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain Daily News-15 hours ago

… headed by artist Mia Tavonatti, plans to paint two more wall murals in downtown Iron Mountain. That will represent a ramping up of sorts for the project, doubling the number of murals already on display. But if the public reaction to the “Community” mural added on the side of The Daily News building in …

Power of Words: Two more murals coming to downtown IM | News …

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The south facade of the 535 S. Stephenson building will gain a Power of Words Project mural in June. From left are Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority Director Paula Craven, artist and mural designer Mia Tavonatti, building owners Lori and Brad Staedt, and Jeff Gurchinoff, who will be closely …

The Power of Words Project has the Power to Uplift the “U.P.” | ArtPlace

Feb 9, 2018 – To “U.P.- Lift.” A word coined about five minutes ago that means,. To lift (something) up; to raise. To elevate or stimulate (someone) morally or spiritually. An act of raising something,. But the clincher is that to “U.P.-Lift” is to do so in the geographic region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where as a …

Upper Peninsula Power of Words Project and Cultural Economic …

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Feb 9, 2018 – If you were to elect ONE WORD that defines your vision for the future of your community what would it be? This will be the question throughout the six county region CUPPAD serves, expanding The Power of Words Project developed by Mia Tavonatti in what we hope will be eventually be throughout the …

News | News, Sports, Jobs – The Daily news – Iron Mountain Daily News

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IRON MOUNTAIN — Downtown Iron Mountain can expect a little more color this summer when Mia Tavonatti returns to the area to create two more wall murals as part of a regional expansion of her Power of Words Project. The Iron Mountain Downtown Development Authority and the Svelata Foundation .

 

2017

‘Community’ comes together

Iron Mountain Daily News-Jun 30, 2017

That was the thought and vision behind Iron Mountain native Mia Tavonatti’s second Power of Words Project mural, officially unveiled Thursday evening on the west wall of the Daily News building, 215 E. Ludington St. in downtown Iron Mountain. To illustrate the word “community,” Tavonatti and her team …

New mural reflects well on ‘community’

Iron Mountain Daily News-Jul 10, 2017

Theresa Proudfit/Daily News Photo IRON MOUNTAIN NATIVE Mia Tavonatti talks to the public about her desire to build appreciation for art and plans to paint at least nine more murals in the downtown area in the future. The wraps came off the second Power of Words Project mural, based on the word …

‘Community’ mural unveiled – WLUC

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Jun 29, 2017 – IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) – Many people Thursday in Iron Mountain got to see themselves in art. The second Power of Words project mural in the downtown area was finally unveiled. Mia Tavonatti, who is from the area, along with a group of students and other local artists, began painting the mural …

Almost ready for the big reveal – Iron Mountain Daily News

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Jun 27, 2017 – Iron Mountain native Mia Tavonatti and other local artists work under tarps to finish the second mural in the Power of Words Project on the west facade of the Daily News building in downtown Iron Mountain. The public is invited to see the completed mural, developed around the word “community,” at the …

Seeing yourself in art – Iron Mountain Daily News

www.ironmountaindailynews.com/news/local-news/2017/06/seeing-yourself-in-art/Jun 20, 2017 – Danyel Pipp of Merriman was walking by The Daily News on Saturday afternoon when she noticed Sky Black of Arizona painting her portrait on the side of the building. Pipp then asked the artist to pose with her. Mia Tavonatti’s Power of Words mural, based around the word “community,” is a compilation of …

Word power

Iron Mountain Daily News-May 3, 2017

MIA TAVONATTI WORKS on a mural design based on the word “community” at her California studio. The mural is expected to be put on The Daily News‘ building in downtown Iron Mountain in June after donors to an online fund drive contributed more than $13,000 for the project in a matter of weeks.

‘Community’ chosen as downtown mural theme

Iron Mountain Daily News-Mar 24, 2017

The second mural will be painted in June on the west façade of The Daily News building at 215 E. Ludington St. in Iron Mountain. It continues Mia Tavonatti’s Power of Words Project, designed to engage and inspire the public to participate in the creative process by selecting a word that defines the vision …

Crowdfunding campaign launched for art mural

Iron Mountain Daily News-Mar 20, 2017

IRON MOUNTAIN DAILY News Publisher Corky DeRoeck, left, shows off the site for the next Power of Words project mural with artist Mia Tavonatti, DDA Director Paula Craven and DDA Chairwoman Megan Blomquist. A crowdfunding effort has begun for the project. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo).

Crowdfunding Campaign for Mural #2 in Downtown Iron Mountain to …

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Mar 20, 2017 – Once the votes are tallied and the chosen word is announced, award-winning artist and Iron Mountain native Mia Tavonatti, along with a team of professional … The DDA is a proud partner of this event and we are overjoyed to have Mia return to Iron Mountain to complete the second Power of Words Project.

 

2014

“Road to Revelation: The Revealing Art of Mia Tavonatti”, Local Arts, Summer 2014

If Walls Could Talk – Maggie Suozzi

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class, we try to have one larger project,” says Scott. Wittkop, the teacher who oversaw the semester- …. Design (LCAD) Mia Tavonatti went about planning for a new one. The previous mural, installed in 2003 by a group … this time to launch her Power of Words Project, a campaign that seeks to bring words to life through art.

 

2013

Iron Mountain balances revitalization and preserving its sense of place – Second Wave Media: Upper Peninsula

NEIL MORAN | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013

http://www.secondwavemedia.com/upper-peninsula/features/ironmountaindowntown41013.aspx

Five questions with … Mia Tavonatti,” Orange County Register, 4/2/2013

 

2012

Mia Tavonatti: One year later,” Wood TV8, 9/28/2012

The Power of Art,” Laguna Magazine, 3/2012

A wall of ‘wonder’,” coastlinepilot.com, 2/2/2012

Laguna Beach in a word: ‘Wonder’ – Los Angeles Times

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Mar 12, 2012 – Mia Tavonatti describes the one-word art concept as a “mural mantra.” On March 24 — if, … In Laguna Beach, the Power of Words Project engaged with the community by asking people to vote on the project’s website for which word out of a list of 50 best defined how they saw their city. After 1,100 people …

Mia Tavonatti Wants Words With You | Laguna Beach, CA Patch

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Jan 19, 2012 – The deadline for Laguna Beach residents (and, well, anyone who loves Laguna) to submit words to Mia Tavonatti’s Power of Words Project website that best describe the city is now over.All that’s left is the unveiling. From those entries (over 1,000 have been submitted), one word will be chosen by Tavonatti …

Laguna Beach Local News Power of Words Transforms Defaced …

Power of Words Transforms Defaced Canyon Wall

Dec 3, 2011 – Muralist Mia Tavonatti’s latest project will replace an eradicated Laguna Canyon mural. Photo by Ted Reckas. “Affirmation,” “Wisdom,” “Forgiven” and even “Levitation.” These words passersby, students and friends of Mia Tavonatti chalked onto a gray wall of the Laguna Canyon Winery, 2133 Laguna …

Stu News Laguna

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“We created the Power of Words Project to invite the community to participate with us in the creative process,” said Laguna College of Art + Design instructor Mia Tavonatti in January announcing the voting from a list of 25 words nominated by the community. “The idea of a single word is so simple that it’s difficult to see the …

 

2011

Mia Tavonatti’s Michigan Moments: Q&A with 2-time ArtPrize winner,” MLive.com, 12/29/2011

Santa Ana woman wins $250,000 art prize,” Orange County Register, 10/7/2011

ArtPrize 2011 Winner of $250,000 is ‘Crucifixion’ by Mia Tavonatti,” MLive.com, 10/6/2011

Video: ArtPrize 2011 finale,” Wood TV8, 10/6/2011