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April 19, 2024


Muscogee Artist Nears Completion of Okemah Mural Project

OKEMAH, Okla. — A mural project launched by a partnership between the Muscogee Nation and Okemah Mainstreet, Inc is nearing completion. The project was established as a way to showcase the beauty and richness of Mvskoke art and culture to visitors of Okemah’s downtown district which is currently undergoing enhancements.

Muscogee citizen and artist, Joe Hopkins.

In March, a call for artists was announced and several submissions from across the nation were received, with renowned Muscogee artist Joe Hopkins ultimately selected for the job. Hopkins, a Muscogee citizen who currently resides in Chandler, AZ, has previously crafted murals for the City of Eufaula and the Riverwalk in Jenks. According to Hopkins, his artwork is inspired by the living cultures of tribal nations and he draws from the past to infuse his works with a fresh take on Indigenous life, that both educates and excites.

Jay Stovall, mural project coordinator for Okemah Mainstreet Inc., said this is the first mural the city has collaborated with the tribe on in more than twenty years.

“Local Native artist, Deanna Mauldin, did those murals for us, which are beautiful and still on display.” Said Stovall.

Stovall also added that the 19.5’x93’ art project is easily the largest commissioned by the city to date and is something that they are excited for and have eagerly anticipated

“(We) are terribly grateful to the Muscogee Nation for investing in our town, Stovall said. 

The mural is expected to be completed in time for the city’s annual Pioneer Day celebrations which takes place the last weekend in April.

Stovall says, “The event draws large crowds of citizens and visitors who would be able to view it during the entire weekend.”