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Mural projects like 48 Blocks have been touted as a way to eliminate blight in Atlantic City. This mural created by Luz Sanchez and Marcus Hughes.

ATLANTIC CITY — Five new murals will transform five walls in five days during the first 48 Blocks Atlantic City Mural Week project next week.

Mural Week, May 13-17, is a new project of 48 Blocks Atlantic City, which will hold its third celebration of the arts throughout the city at the end of June. The five new murals will join 35 existing murals supported by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, and 10 other murals in the city.

“We want to create an atmosphere where if you come to Atlantic City, you can’t miss a mural,” said Loryn Simonsen, communications manager for the Foundation. “The five large-scale murals being created this year are taking the project to a new level. The public can watch the muralists transform the walls all week as we prepare for our citywide 48 Blocks Atlantic City event in June.”

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Participating mural artists are Charles Barbin, of Brigantine; Glenn Taylor, of Mays Landing; Denton Burrows and Mark Chu, of New York City; BK Foxx, of Long Island, New York; and Felipe Ortiz, of Abington, Massachusetts.

Barbin and Chu, who have previously painted murals in Atlantic City through 48 Blocks AC, are partnering on a mural.

Artists will be available and the five sites will be announced at 10 a.m. Monday at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.

Throughout the week, the public will be able to visit the sites and watch the artists work.

48 Blocks Atlantic City is a program of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, in partnership with Stockton. Arts Foundation programming is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. More information is at 48blocksac.com.

Contact: 609-272-7239 aauble@pressofac.com Twitter @AublePressofAC

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