Main Street Batesville awarded state grant

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Featured image: Main Street Batesville’s Mandi Curtwright (left) and Suzanne Magouyrk  (right) with Jimmy Bryant (center), director of Arkansas Heritage

LITTLE ROCK—Main Street Batesville was awarded a grant from The Division of Arkansas Heritage to assist in the installation of public art.

The grant awarded to Main Street Batesville was in the amount of $5,000 for the mural “Blossoming Main Street.”

To be eligible for the grants, communities must be a member of the Main Street Arkansas program, administered by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of Arkansas Heritage.

The Public Art Grants assist Main Street and Downtown Network communities in enhancing the appearance of their environment by facilitating the collaborations necessary to build and strengthen an awareness and enjoyment of public art. The grants are funded by the 1/8 cent conservation tax (Amendment 75).

The Public Art Grant Program assists communities that participate in the Main Street Arkansas program in the planning and implementation (including purchasing and commissioning works of art) of public art for places viewable by the public within the Main Street district and on gateways to Main Street districts.

Projects must be new, site-specific and public art, not memorial statues or works of religious nature. The artworks can include, but are not limited to, murals and tile work, paintings and drawings (of permanent nature), and sculpture.

The artwork must be freely visible and accessible to the public for at least two years. After installation of public art, applicants will be required to coordinate an unveiling event with Main Street Arkansas.

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