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BC Community Mural Program Fund

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Please Donate to Support Baldwin City’s First Community Mural Project!

The Baldwin City Tourism Bureau with partnership from the City of Baldwin City, Lumberyard Arts Center and Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce are working to implement a community mural project in Spring 2017. We have already raised close to half of the project cost. We need $550 (7% of total project cost) in the form of community donations for the project to proceed.  Our vision is for this mural to kick-off a longer-term Baldwin City Community Mural Program that will leverage Baldwin City’s rich historic and cultural heritage as a core resource to 1) instill community pride among residents; 2) increase visitors to Baldwin City and 3) train and employ local artists. Any funds raised above $550 will go toward the broader mural program.

How does a Community Mural Project Work? Success requires YOUR participation!

The creation of a community participatory mural can be broadly thought of as a two phase process.

Phase I, design development, is an interactive process involving engagement of the community in discussions and consensus of the mural theme. Community engagement involves public forums and the creation of a Design Team. For broad inclusive community participation, public forums will be held with the intent of deliberative discussion on topics such as “What makes Baldwin City unique”; “What do we value?”; “What is our cultural heritage?”; and “What is the vision for our future?”. Information from these public forums will be discussed by the Design Team, consisting of 10-15 community members, who review mural content ideas from the public forums, conduct research, sketch mural theme ideas on paper for public input and review; and provide consensus on final mural content.

Phase II, mural construction, consists of wall preparation, design construction and painting. Phase II begins with the artist, assistant and apprentice setting up a scaffolding system, preparing the wall (cleaning and priming), enlarging the mural design onto the wall by projecting the mural drawing, painting the wall with intergenerational community participation and final varnish coating of the mural.

Where will the Mural be Located?

The mural will be located on the west side of the building located at 608 High Street (adjacent to the Baldwin City Fire Station). The creation of the mural will contribute to the beautification of downtown, give a visual voice to Baldwin City, stimulate interest in Baldwin City’s rich cultural heritage for both residents and visitors and promote awareness of the Baldwin City Community Mural Program as the initial mural in the Program.

Project Timetable

The project is expected to take 15 days during April 2017 with background promotion and advertising December 2016 - April 2017. However, it’s possible due to weather and scheduling of engagement forums, the timetable could be extended from early April 2017 through May 2017.
Questions? Interested in Participating?

Contact Jeannette Blackmar at the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce! Jeannette may be reached at [email redacted] or [phone redacted].


Jeannette Blackmar
Baldwin City, KS

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