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Crosswalk art painting starting this weekend; Musicfest road closures announced

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More details are rolling out about MusicFest XXXIII, which is set for Oct. 1 and 2 in downtown El Dorado.

On Thursday, Beth Brumley, executive director of Main Street El Dorado -- who is presenting the festival in conjunction with the Murphy Arts District -- announced downtown street closures that will allow for the setup of attractions, stages, vendors and cooking areas in the Pupp's BBQ Rib Cook-Off.

Some downtown streets will also be closed for activities in the days leading up to MusicFest.

Public art

On Saturday and Sunday, the intersection of Washington and Elm will be closed to traffic as MSE moves forward with long-running plans to launch a crosswalk art project in the Union Square/Main Street district.

Brumley said artists will begin painting at the intersection this weekend.

"We are excited that we are getting some crosswalk art. (This is) another form of public art and a photo opportunity when streets are closed for events," Brumley said.

Discussions about crosswalk art have been underway since late 2018 and began picking up steam in 2019, with MSE board members noting that such projects have become a popular trend in urban landscape design and traffic/pedestrian safety in cities across the world.

They also said crosswalk art is another, simple way to enhance the city's award-winning downtown.

"We were getting ready to go in 2019 but 2020 happened," said Brumley, referring to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which led to delays and disruptions in the supply chain for manufacturing and materials, including paint.

She said assistance from the El Dorado Works tax to install an ambient sound system downtown and other financial contributions freed up money for MSE to initiate public art projects, including crosswalk art.

In July, the El Dorado Works Board and the El Dorado City Council approved $37,110 from the El Dorado Works tax to purchase equipment and cover installation costs for the system.

The one-cent, city sales tax is earmarked for economic development, municipal infrastructure and........

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