Thursday, September 8th, 2022.
Bringing Public Art to Beatrice
Beatrice continues to strive forward and positive things are happening! We are advancing plans for new public art projects to follow up on our two large downtown murals completed in 2020 and 2021. It is our hope that these mural projects are the start of continued art projects planned for the community and that they provide an uplifting attraction.
As part of our continued efforts to see downtown improved and in response to requests from the community, public art has continued to be a priority. We hope these projects prove to be attractive visual assets that provide new ways to engage with residents and visitors alike!
Main Street Beatrice has worked to explore different forms of public art and plans to continue adding art to the community!
What Do We Want Within the Next Year?
As we look ahead we are proposing several art projects that utilize the talents of multiple local artists. These projects may be placed in different locations downtown but will center on the alleys near the decorative portion of North 5th Street, between Court and Ella Streets. The art projects commissioned may include a variety of styles from painted mediums, decorative lighting, and the potential for 3-D works of art. Please see some of the concept ideas in our project photo gallery.
Main Street Beatrice has begun investing time and resources to start the process. We have a short list of artists and will be drafting the necessary agreements (image licenses, art contracts, property owner approvals, etc.). We expect to complete the next project phase in the summer of 2023.
The works of art will be selected based on the available budget and the concepts submitted by local artists through a request for qualifications process. All artists selected will receive fair compensation for their work and we will ensure their artwork will be accessible to the public for viewing.
Our Goal this Big Give Gage
The upcoming alley art project is expected to cost $15,000. Of that, we have raised or obtained pledges of support for around $11,000. This has come from private donations and local grant support. A special thanks to the Hevelone Foundation, Gage County Foundation, and community donations from Big Give Gage and other sources.
Our goal this Big Give day is to raise $4,000 to cross the finish line and begin these new downtown art projects.
Help Us Get This Project Started
Your support will allow Main Street Beatrice to go beyond the mural projects and see additional art projects as part of our 2022/2023 public art plan and make a difference in our community!
Contact us with questions or with additional ideas!