Statewide Rural Mural Nominations, Art Program Open

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Applications have opened for the Kansas Rural Mural and Public Art Program to bring a little more vibrancy to small, rural communities.

Kansas Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland says that grant applications have been opened for the Rural Wall Art and Public Art Program. He said the Kansas Department of Corrections will provide matching funds to communities to create new murals and public art projects.

Public art is an important part of the health and vibrancy of communities in our state,” Toland said. “The Rural Mural and Public Art program will create new destinations that will tell the story of a community and inspire pride in Kansas residents and visitors. All of this is improving the quality of life and fueling new growth across the state.

Toland noted that the program is aimed at communities of 10,000 or less to increase community vibrancy and provide space for artistic expression. Matching funds will be available for established Kansas-based organizations, local government units, or federally recognized tribes.

“By investing in public art and murals, a community can showcase its shared identity, history and culture, while creating beautiful places for the whole region to enjoy,” said the Director of the Office of rural prosperity, Trisha Purdon. “We are thrilled to partner with communities to support locally-led projects that will develop new destination point murals in rural Kansas.”

The lieutenant governor said the maximum grant amount is $10,000 with a 1:1 match requirement for each project. He said the matching funds must consist of at least 50% cash expenses provided by the applicant. He said in-kind and non-monetary donations and volunteer hours could be counted up to 50% of the required match.

“Murals and public art are a catalyst for communities to engage in shared conversations about place and identity,” said Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission Director Peter Jasso. “They can illustrate to residents and visitors alike who we are and who we would like to be. This partnership with the Office of Rural Prosperity will help launch new projects that tell the story of our great Kansas communities.

The deadline to apply for the program is May 16.

For more information or to apply, click HERE.

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Kayleen C. Rice