Artist Malcolm McCrae to debut mobile community center


Airbrush artist and culture enthusiast Malcolm McCrae will unveil a renovated 40-foot community center on wheels during the first Community Art Day on June 30 at Ranney Park in Cape Girardeau.

The bus — Pollination Station — was originally built in 1980 and it’s McCrae’s second to repurpose. It already has accrued more than 200,000 miles, but McCrae has big plans for its immediate future.

“I’m using the blueprint of Mother Nature,” McCrae said. The reveal and festival events all tie into McCrae’s vision of Community Art Day, and Cape Girardeau is the first stop on the tour. McCrae said a trip to Connecticut is up next.At each event, a nearly 20-feet-by-30-feet shelter will be added to the side of the bus to serve as a venue for community art painting, live art demonstrations and “actual work space,” he said.Food, a community drum circle, a DJ and a film showcase highlighting McCrae’s recent black history documentary also will be featured at each event.The inside of the bus will serve as more of a lounging area, McCrae said.“When we get there, we can set everything up built around what we need,” McCrae said. “This is our portable pavilion. It’s a portable community center.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

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