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Crosswalks to Classrooms brings literary street murals to Tampa

New literary street murals are arriving in Tampa courtesy of Mayor Jane Castor’s Crosswalks to Classrooms program. On Wednesday, December 23, from 9am-noon, two new Crosswalks to Classrooms murals will be painted at Shaw and Lanier Elementary Schools.  

Artist Jay Giroux of the READ Movement will paint crosswalk murals featuring designs from popular elementary school books with book titles selected by each school. 

Read and walk on

Art on the Block is an initiative by Mayor Jane Castor that is envisioned to bring art and artists into the neighborhoods. The intent of this program is to make art accessible to all and to further incentivize curb appeal. 

Crosswalk murals also help to calm traffic by adding visual interest to an intersection or street. The City’s Crosswalks to Classrooms program supports the Vision Zero mission, eliminating all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, which is one key facet of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow. 

Improving street safety in Tampa

Crosswalk murals are effective tools for improving street safety, enhancing the livability of our streets, revitalizing public spaces, and bringing communities together.

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