Painting of community mural this weekend

Hastings community members of all artistic abilities are invited this weekend to add their brush strokes to a community mural project on the east wall of the Depot Plaza along Eastside Boulevard.

Funded in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the mural project thus far has featured the talents of three paid artists, more than 80 community members and 25 design team members who have been working behind the scenes since Aug. 10.

This weekend, they are opening the project up to anyone in the community who wishes to participate, with painting supplies and direction to be provided at the site between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Hastings mural is the sixth and final mural in a series guided by nationally-recognized muralist Dave Loewenstein. Other murals have been completed in Tonkawa, Okla., (May 2010); Newton, Kan., (September 2011); Joplin, Mo., (September 2011); Arkadelphia, Ark., (Oct. 2012); and Waco, Texas (July 2013).

The mural design, while not all-inclusive, will attempt to capture the spirit and essence of the community as interpreted by those who participated in the project.

Kaleena Fong, who heads the Hastings Community Arts Council, said she hopes residents will take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the beautification project.

"This is the final opportunity for community members to be involved in this major public artwork which is by and for our community and this neighborhood," Fong said.

The mural is supported by funding from Mid-America, National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Mid-America is a nonprofit regional arts organization committed to strengthening communities and improving lives through extraordinary cultural experiences.

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