Local artists are being called upon for the ability their work has in healing, inspiring and uniting those who see it.

The Street Art Society of NEPA recently launched the Social Kinetic Mural Project, whose website is accepting submissions that will ultimately be displayed and woven together with other submissions into a larger, interactive digital mural.

“Once all of these pieces are gathered, we’re going to put them together in this little, moving, animated thing for our website,” said Lisa Murphy, organization secretary and executive board member. “Once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, it would be really cool — we want to project it on the side of a building at some point.”

The Street Art Society of NEPA, a nonprofit organization, has administered five murals in the area, including one on a wall of the Empire Arcades building on Main Street, Edwardsville.

“They are for everyone,” Murphy said of murals. “You don’t have to pay money to go to a museum to see them. They brighten up the community. People are really excited about them.”

Guidelines are posted at the Social Kinetic Mural Project website, including that artwork of any medium must be in a square shape. Submissions should align with the theme, “Joining together in the Face of Adversity.”

Selected artwork will spin and rotate as part of the digital canvas, which will feature other projects, so it’s best that artists create something that will be simple but striking from a distance.

For more information, visit https://streetartsocietynepa.org/social-kinetic-mural-project/.

“This idea really came from just feeling like we had to step up and do something for the arts in the area, even though we couldn’t be outside,” Murphy said.