Bobcats ‘Championship Boulevard’ mural painted on Jewett Trail



GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Community Schools would like to publicly thank the City of Grand Blanc and City Manager Wendy Jean- Buhrer for facilitating the creation of an original Flint Public Art Project mural on Jewett Trail.

The mural is a gift that celebrates the big wins that GBHS has had in recent years, including the World Champion Drum Line, the State Champion Boys’ Basketball team, the State Champion Unified Sports Basketball Team and the State Champion Baseball team.

The mural contains the words “Bobcat Champions Boulevard” and individual depictions of those groups.

The design will also allow for the addition of future accomplishments.

The mural is located on the curve around the west campus parking lot.

The mural took three artists about a week to paint and will last three to five years, according to Joe Schipani from the Flint Public Art Project.

The group organizes public events, workshops and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the City of Flint and reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots.

They were commissioned by the City of Grand Blanc to create this custom piece for our school community.

The three artists involved – Michael Cobley, Tony Yarsini and Abbott Kelly – worked in concert to create the piece on Jewett Trail.

Kelly is an artist originally from Traverse City specializing in graphic design and urban mural who moved to Flint five years ago.

Cobley is a reformed Flint graffiti artist who has been with the Flint Public Art Project and growing a career in mural art for approximately three years.

Yarsini has been a street artist in Flint since the 1990s and now works with the Flint Public Art Project and Gallery on the Go.

The mural was completed ahead of the Grand Blanc High School homecoming celebration set to take place on Sept. 24.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and will honor these championship Bobcats! — L.R.