COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of multiple cultural events in Slidell this year. But “Celebrate Slidell”, a new public art project, hopes to uplift city residents in a different way. The project, paid for with funds that would have gone to cultural events, will include seven new murals around town, honoring everything from first responders, firefighters and health care workers and more. Six artists were chosen to create the murals, which are being sponsored by the city of Slidell and Cultural Season sponsors with support of the Slidell Commission on the Arts.
Lori Gomez will create the “Celebrate Our Health Care Heroes” at the Slidell Fitness Park. The project’s first mural, “Celebrate Creativity,” was completed by Gomez in early July. Nancy Pratt is working on the “Celebrate Slidell Fire” at the St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 headquarters. Other local artists are working on this as well. The goal is to have all the murals completed sometime in the fall.