Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Miles Davis Memorial Project schedules
public meeting for Saturday, November 30

Organizers of the Miles Davis Memorial Project have scheduled a public meeting for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, November 30 at the Alton Museum of History & Art, 2809 College Ave in Alton.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the project is invited to attend and see a short presentation and video.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

(You can see the online version of the video, released late last month, in the embedded window below.)

Announced in 2012, the Miles Davis Memorial Project seeks to put a statue of Davis in downtown Alton, the late trumpeter's birthplace.

Earlier this year, a location on Third St. in downtown Alton was identified as the site for the statue, and artist Preston Jackson was commissioned to create it, using one of the most famous and iconic photos of Davis (pictured, left) as inspiration for the pose.

To fund the creation, production and installation of the statue, the organizers of the Miles Davis Memorial Project are soliciting contributions from the public, offering donors a chance to purchase inscribed commemorative bricks to be placed near the statue's site, and also are selling t-shirts (pictured, right), posters and other items to raise money.

(Edited after posting to fix a garbled sentence.)

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