Toxic Brew Company's new mural has received a formal, anonymous complaint calling for its removal. If you support street art in downtown Dayton, stop by the brewery between Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 22 to sign the petition to save it. (Photo source: Facebook)

Oregon District mural in jeopardy; 3 ways you can help save it

Toxic Brewing Company is hoping public support will help them get forgiveness, after they failed to get permission for painting a historic building in the historic Oregon District.  

Brewery owner Shane Juhl tells us that painting a mural on the side of the business about a month ago was a “spur of the moment decision” that they made without getting required approval from the city of Dayton landmark commission.

“For something this large, it has to go in front of their commission,” he said. “We were having this block party and the two artists I work with… came up to me with, I thought, a pretty sweet idea of -- during this block party -- a live mural painting.”

Juhl hopes that by building community support, the landmark commission will allow the mural to remain in place.

Juhl is gathering petitions from people who support the mural, and hopes to present them to the landmark commission’s next meeting on Dec. 10.

While many debate whether street art is a work of art or public nuisance, those who do support retaining the mural can do the following:

1. Sign

Stop in at Toxic Brew Company and sign a petition to show your support for public art. The brewery will hold a signing event from Friday, Nov. 20 to Sunday, Nov. 22.

You can view and download the petition here.

2. Share

Share this photo to show support for artist created and commissioned street art, but all tasteful street art. “Together we can make this city beautiful, interesting and attractive,” reads Toxic Brew Company’s Facebook post.

3. Selfie

Help create some buzz by sharing a photo of yourself in front of the mural to social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #daytonstreetart

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