St. Joseph Today Commissions Temporary Mural for the Bluff Stairs

Edward J. Todd, the Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors and St. Joseph Today have partnered together to bring a temporary mural to the bluff stairs leading up to Lake Bluff Park and downtown St. Joseph.

St. Joseph Today started the mural project in 2018 the week leading up to Chalk the Block with a permanent mural on the back of the Welcome Center building. This commissioned piece was painted by Houston, Texas based artist Anat Ronen. “It was well received and we immediately started planning for the next mural,” said Amy Zapal, executive director, St. Joseph Today. Zapal says they were lucky to work with Ronen again on the stair mural, “We wanted something that not only expanded the footprint of Chalk the Block, but of the whole downtown. The bluff stairs were the perfect canvas to achieve this goal.”

Zapal said that the bluff stairs mural, while temporary, has sparked a lot of interest for future permanent murals. “A handful of private property owners have expressed interest and support for the ongoing mural project. We plan to continue through a variety of partnerships and with the help of local and regional artists.”

Edward J. Todd is devoted to supporting the education of our local youth as well as supporting the growth of local businesses through community events. St. Joseph Today and the whole community benefit from the generous support for the fine arts.

The Southwestern Michigan Association of Realtors, Inc. is a professional trade association for real estate licensees and an ancillary service provider for the real estate industry.

St. Joseph Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit, the Welcome Center or call 269-985-1111.