Reservations Required

Audubon Mural Project

Washington Heights, Manhattan

Image of a mural of a colorful bird
Credit: Mary-Beth Shine

Sat, October 16th, 2021

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Sun, October 17th, 2021

2:00pm — 4:00pm

Ever wonder about the artists who created the Audubon bird murals on security gates and apartment buildings in Washington Heights? Learn all about the Audubon Murals on this two-hour tour, which starts at John James Audubon’s grave in Trinity Church Cemetery.

Who are the artists? Where are they from? Why did they paint climate-threatened and endangered North American birds all over Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights? Art historian and tour Mary-Beth Shine will answer these questions and many more with this fascinating tour of the Audubon Mural Project between 155th & 165th Streets.

And…learn a bit about northern Manhattan’s culturally diverse and thriving community. Things have changed a bit since John James Audubon lived here.

The tour will be led by Mary-Beth Shine, the founder of SHINE NYC ART, see bio below.

This is a walking tour. Please bring water, a snack and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will happen rain or shine so please be prepared and check the weather. The closest subways are the 1 to 157th, the C to 155th, or the B/D to 155th.

The health and safety of our community is paramount. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID and a mask is required for ALL in-person experiences. See guidelines:

Mary-Beth Shine is a licensed tour guide in NYC and organizes private and scheduled tours of artist’s studios, public art and art in odd places in the five boroughs of NYC and sometimes beyond. She founded SHINE NYC ART after an educator at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine said “you should do this” during a tour with her students enrolled in the Pre-College Program at Pratt Institute. That was 7 years ago. Since then, she has for five years offered tours of visual art spaces in Red Hook, Brooklyn for Open House New York and organized tours in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Jersey City. She has yet to conquer Staten Island, but hopes to organize a tour there soon.

Mary-Beth holds a B.A. in Art History and Photography from UMass/Boston and an M.A. in Folk Art Studies, a joint program with NYU and the American Folk Art Museum. She first resided in Manhattan for 6 years, Queens for 4 years, Brooklyn for 16 years and is now back in the Bronx.