Did you know we have murals in Green Bay? I bet you drive past them without noticing they’re there. I know I did. Or maybe you’ve seen them, but they’re just blips on your radar. I stumbled on a post about Morty the Moose mural while scrolling through Facebook. That got me thinking about the Beau Thomas mural in the gym at my son’s school. Once I started looking for them, it seemed like they were at least a dozen I had never noticed before. Naturally, once I started noticing them, I decided they’d make the perfect field trip. It’s a fun way to expose kids to local art and local artists.
You *could* drive your family around town to see the murals. Or you could make your mural outing more of a learning adventure and have your kids use public transportation (something else a lot of us take for granted). Research which murals you want to see and work with your kids to plan your trip on public transit. Plan your route online and see how much a bus fare is. Look for a restaurant or picnic stop for lunch. Many of the murals on the East side are fairly near downtown Green Bay. It’d be
the perfect excuse to easy to stop at a new café or restaurant for lunch. Then before (or after) seeing the murals, go to the websites to learn more about the artists and murals.
Green Bay Murals and Street Art
- Ocean scene on the back of the American Family Insurance building on Cormier Road
- Art on Main- 1417 Cedar Street, 1274 Cedar Street, 1258 Main Street (Los Banditos)
- Green Bay-themed mural by Beau Thomas on the 600 Block of Main, between Monroe and Quincy
- Mural by Beau Thomas in the Studio Arts Building at UWGB (and there’s so much more to see and do on campus while you’re there)
- Mural by Beau Thomas inside GBASO indoor skate park– super opportunity for another field trip- Not just skateboards, but inline skates, scooters, and BMX.
- Murals in schools like Pioneer, Aldo Leopold, and Eisenhower. There are even historical murals in West High’s library
- Historical murals inside the Brown County Courthouse
- Italian countryside murals by Peter Kornowski at Rosati’s Pizza
- murals by Peter Kornowski at Lloyd’s Guitars on Dousman
- For sports fans, the fences across from Lambeau Field on Lombardi depict Packers legends
While you’re on the field trip, feel free to just enjoy the murals. If you want to add a little depth, have your kids look for other art forms, like sculptures and building design, along the way. You don’t have to know anything about art or architecture to talk about it; just talk about what you like or don’t like.
Maybe this field trip will inspire your kids to make their own art or they’ll become interested in learning more about this style of art. Who knows? This could be the start on the road to a successful career as a graphic designer! Or you could simply have a nice time exploring the city.
What other murals have you discovered in the area?