ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS (August 18, 2021) — The unveiling of a new mural in Downtown Rock Island, inspired by a Rock Island High School student’s award-winning artwork, will serve as the official kick-off to this year’s Alternating Currents festival August 19-22 in the Quad Cities.

What: Ceremony unveiling the mural by young artist Riley Jones

When: 3:45-4:45PM, Thursday, August 19

Where: Alleyway at 313 20th St, Rock Island

Hosted by: Quad Cities Chamber and Quad City Arts as part of Alternating Currents

Details: Created by 16-year-old Riley Jones in collaboration with professional muralists Dana Harrison (Limone) & Brandon Warner (ASPHATE), the new mural is an adaptation of Jones’s artwork originally titled "Black Pride." A winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition, the original piece was selected by US Representative Cheri Bustos to be displayed at the US Capitol this summer.

The ceremony will feature music by DJ Cat Dady, a spoken word performance by Aubs and Wes Julien as well as a few words from Rep Bustos and other guests.

About the artists:

  • Riley Jones is now a junior at Rock Island High School. Her artwork, originally titled "Black Pride," was competitively selected by Rep Cheri Bustos to be displayed at the US Capitol this summer. Her new mural in downtown Rock Island is an adaptation of her winning piece. Riley is the daughter of Jerry and Kathy Jones of Rock Island.
  • Dana Harrison (Limone) is a Jefferson, Iowa, resident, who started writing graffiti in 1996 in his hometown of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Dana studied under the late Sazko from Hamburg, Germany. With almost 25 years of mural experience, Dana’s murals can be found on the Market House in Iowa City, and in Des Moines at the Edna Griffin building, the 10th Street bridge, Platinum Kutz, and two University Ave transit shelters. Dana is a member of the nationally-recognized Scarce Elementz Crew, a graffiti-based muralist crew, founded and based out of Southern California and Arizona.
  • Brandon Warner (ASPHATE) is a Des Moines native, a graffiti artist, and member of the nationally-recognized Scarce Elementz Mural Crew. ASPHATE has created murals in Des Moines, Ankeny, Phoenix, Denver, and other cities. ASPHATE is also a hip-hop artist who has been associated with Maxilla Blue, an American hip-hop trio formed in 2006 and based out of Des Moines.

Background: This project marks the launch of a new mural program in Downtown Rock Island being led by Quad City Arts and the Quad Cities Chamber through its new partnership with the City of Rock Island. The initiative was made possible by the generous support from the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, City of Rock Island, Moline Foundation, Rock Island Art Guild, Rock Island Community Foundation, YWCA, Rausch Family Foundation, Holiday Inn Rock Island, MidAmerican Energy Company, Matt Stern, Theo's Java Club, and the Black business community in downtown Rock Island, specifically Ms BriMani’s Hair and Beauty Supply, Orr’s Mortuary, Roosters Sports Bar and Grill, Aja Styles Fashion and Accessories Boutique, By Design Fashion, and Sumthin Different Barber and Beauty.

About Alternating Currents: The unveiling kicks off Alternating Currents, a music, film, comedy, and art festival scheduled to be held at more than thirty downtown venues in Davenport, Rock Island and Moline.

This marks Rock Island’s inaugural year participating in Alternating Currents. Staying true to the rich history of arts and entertainment in Downtown Rock Island, the diverse lineup features free events at eight different venues Thursday, August 19. In addition to the mural unveiling, programming includes a meet and greet with Illinois film-industry leaders, hip-hop, and indie-rock performances, a gallery opening, youth literary readings, burlesque, comedy, and more.

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