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History mural planned for downtown
Updated on: 07.05.12

Art Alliance Brown County, together with the Brown County Historical Society, is creating a public mural celebrating Brown County’s history, the groups announced today.

The Brown County History Mural will consist of nine individual panels, created by nine different artists/teams of artists.

Each panel will be 4 feet tall by 8 feet wide and will depict one aspect of Brown County’s history. 

All nine panels will be hung together high on the back wall of the parking lot at the corner of North Van Buren and Gould streets in downtown Nashville.

Each panel will be accompanied by a plaque crediting the artists who completed it, a short summary of the historical content, and any sponsors.

One panel will be completed by the gifted/talented art class at Brown County Junior High School. The other eight will be done by artists chosen by a jury of local historians and artists.

Any artist who lives in the county is eligible to apply, as are artists who live outside the county but are members of the Brown County Art Alliance, the Brown County Artisans and various member and co-op galleries in Nashville.

Each artist/team of artists chosen to complete a panel will be provided with a panel to use and up to $500 as compensation for materials and time.

“The goal is to pay the chosen artists $500 per panel,” said Art Alliance President Anabel Hopkins. “Art Alliance is contributing a significant amount of money, and we’ve learned we’ve received a grant from the Brown County Community Foundation toward the project, so we’re very close to that goal.”

The group also has applied for grant money from the Indiana Arts Commission, and is seeking community support.

“We’re looking for a sponsor for each of the nine panels," explained Michele Pollock, Art Alliance member and project leader. "For only $200 per panel, an individual, business, church or community group can have a dedication or acknowledgement on a permanent plaque mounted with each panel.”

Artists will be able to work in their own studio or home to complete the panels over the winter of 2012-2013. Advice from a local expert on outdoor work will be available for consultation if desired.

The panels will be unveiled at the Spring Blossom Arts Festival in May 2013. The historical society now runs this art fair in the parking lot where the mural will be installed.

Proposals, which require a scale sketch of the proposed design and a short description of the historical content, will be due by 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

To download a Call for Artists form, click here.

To get more information about sponsorship, click here.

  • September 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 1
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 1
    Time for inner peace set at local church
    5:30 to 7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • September 2
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 4
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 4
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane