Site selected for community mural
The east wall of the Depot Plaza at 408 N. Minnesota Ave. has been selected as the site for upcoming Community Mural Project.
This site was selected because of its proximity to the Pioneer Spirit Trail.
In June, Hastings was selected as the Nebraska site for the Community Mural Project, sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. This unique community-based program offers residents direct hands-on experience in the research, design and execution of a major public artwork in their community.
Hastings is the sixth community to participate in Mid-America's Community Mural Project. Murals have been completed in Tonkawa, Okla. (May 2010); Newton, Kan. (September 2011); Joplin, Mo. (September 2011); Arkadelphia, Ark. (October 2012); and Waco, Texas (July 2013).
A series of public meetings have been scheduled to gather community input. They will be facilitated by mural artist Dave Loewenstein of Lawrence, Kan. All interested individuals of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend.
The community meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. Hastings Public Library, 517 W. Fourth St.
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. Hastings Community Center, 2015 W. Third St.
Thursday, Aug. 15 , 7 p.m. Alcott Elementary School, 313 N. Cedar Ave.
Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. Alcott Elementary School
The mural will be dedicated in mid-October.
Hastings was selected as the location for the mural through an application process.
"One of the primary goals of this project is to engage all segments of the community, including underserved youth and minority populations" said Kaleena Fong, president of the Hastings Community Arts Council.
This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council, and foundations, corporation and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.