Raised for Local Nonprofits
715 gifts
Totaling $137,850.00
Gather for Good
Raised for Local Nonprofits
715 gifts
Totaling $137,850.00
Raised for Local Nonprofits
715 gifts
Totaling $137,850.00

A Mural Movement

Goal: $50,000.00

Specific Need

The goal of this project is to beautify Clay Center with quality public art.  In addition, our goal is to draw traffic from Hwy 15 to stop at the mural(s) and eat, shop, and visit downtown and make them each a tourist destination.

 

The fundraising will cover the artist’s work, design, travel, room and board, materials, and surface preparation for the various projects.

 

A Mural Movement is underway in our community to promote ‘The City Beautiful’ through public art.

The first installation to be completed will be placed on the north wall of Poulson Family Dental, located at 712 6th Street, along Highway 15. 

 

This mural will feature the beautiful yellow sunflower of our state highway system and composed of Kansas license plates.  The artwork will be designed by local artist William Counter.  Mr. Counter is based out of Chapman, KS and has been commissioned for numerous murals in several Kansas communities.  In nearby Abilene, his notable pieces include the Eisenhower and Wild Bill Hickock murals.  The artist’s sunflower themed artwork is scheduled to be installed in Clay Center during the fall of 2020.

 

With an eye toward future projects, A Mural Movement is also participating in the Gather For Good Match Day event.  The local fundraising expo is being held online this year from Sept 1st through Sept 17thThe committee will be seeking funds to continue further projects in downtown Clay Center. 

Sponsor levels have been established and are as follows:

  • Da Vinci: $5,000 
  • Van Gough: $1,000 
  • Michelangelo: $500 
  • Picasso: $100  

 

Donors that meet the sponsorship levels will be publicly recognized on the Courthouse Square at the site of the group’s second movement which will involve a larger canvas.  Visible along Highway 15, The Wardcraft Home Store at 531 Court Street, is to be the location of a large community-based mural project.  The approximate size of this mural space is 17ft x 50ft.  The subject matter of this mural is yet to be determined.  A Mural Movement will be hosting an interactive exhibit at the Piotique festival on Sept 26th to share ideas with community members.

Profile

Committee:

  • Brett Hubka – Rotary Club President
  • Dave Borgerding – Rotary Past President
  • Tracy Lebo – Art Teacher/Advisor
  • Michelle Gillard – Arts Council
  • Shannon Stark – Chamber Director
  • Jake Lohrmeyer – CCAN
  • Maria Pfizenmaier – Rotary Board

WHY PUBLIC ART MATTERS:

Art's a light that stays on forever; that's something worth investing in. 

 

3 BIG REASONS PUBLIC ART MATTERS:  

1. Art is economically viable in that it enhances a city's identity and diversifies its cultural attractions. Especially in the era of social media, murals have become destinations where both tourists and locals can celebrate and mark their visit.

2. Art positively impacts mood. Studies consistently show that art drastically improves our mental health & overall well being. This includes active exposure (like painting or singing) and passive exposure (like visiting a mural). In other words, "people who enjoy looking at art get the exact same health benefits as people who enjoy making art" 

3. Art creates a sense of social connectivity that helps us better understand and appreciate each other. By serving as an experience that we share together, murals creates common ground in a world that's becoming increasingly divisive and isolated. "There is no discipline...that breaks barriers, connects across cultural differences, and engages our shared values more than arts and culture. There is no investment that connects us to each other, moves us to action, and strengthens our ability to make collective choices more than arts and culture" (Stanford Review). With the confetti hearts mural, I found a beautiful example of this here. In the images, photographer Amanda Moss shares that, after a client photography session, other pedestrians and nearby workers jumped in front of the wall for photos. In those moments, the mural united different groups of people. Art brings us together.  

https://www.evelynhenson.com/blogs/behind-the-scenes/why-public-art-matters-and-what-you-can-do-to-get-more-of-it

Photos & Videos

See us at Piotique!
See us at Piotique!
Example Concept of Mural
Example Concept of Mural
Clay Center K-15 License Plate Concept - William Counter
Clay Center K-15 License Plate Concept - William Counter
Abilene Postcard Concept - Whitney Kerr
Abilene Postcard Concept - Whitney Kerr
Ike Concept - Abilene - William Counter
Ike Concept - Abilene - William Counter
Wichita Collage Concept - Lupoli
Wichita Collage Concept - Lupoli
Hutch Collage Concept - Lupoli
Hutch Collage Concept - Lupoli
Eureka Concept
Eureka Concept
Kansas City Concept - Whitney Kerr
Kansas City Concept - Whitney Kerr
Abilene - Whitney Kerr
Abilene - Whitney Kerr
Medicine Lodge, Rock Climbing Wall Concept
Medicine Lodge, Rock Climbing Wall Concept
Interactive Mural by Whitney Kerr - Abilene
Interactive Mural by Whitney Kerr - Abilene
Junction City
Junction City
On American Idol - Lupoli
On American Idol - Lupoli
Abilene - William Counter
Abilene - William Counter
Agriculture
Agriculture
Sunflowers
Sunflowers
$14,985.00 received
in 58 gifts
29.97%  of  $50,000.00 Goal

Contact

PO Box 414
Clay Center KS 67432
Phone: 7853402648

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