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Mankato Flood Wall Mural Approved by Army Corps of Engineers | CityArt Committee seeks funding to begin project in July
MANKATO, MN (April 22, 2016) — The CityArt Committee, a joint program of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and the City Center Partnership, has received permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to create a 400’ long mural on the Mankato flood wall.
Members of the committee and a group of local artists have been working with Mankato city staff and the USACE since September 2015 to determine the feasibility of a mural, in response to frequent requests from community members. Work is scheduled to begin in July if the necessary funds are raised. To date, the CityArt Committee has raised $9,000 of the $18,000 goal.
The committee is asking for community support to raise the remaining $9,000. Donations of $250 or more will be recognized on a donor recognition plaque placed near the mural. Tax-deductible contributions of any amount are being accepted online at www.twinriversarts.org/donation-2 or by check sent to Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, PO Box 293, Mankato, MN 56002.
Artists involved in the project include Julie Johnson Fahrforth (lead artist), Andrew Judkins, Ann E. Judkins, and Michael Cimino. The mural design is a natural river scene that also incorporates images of fish native to the Minnesota River, stretching from the Depot to Reconciliation Park.
The City Center Partnership, a downtown development organization, is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. which includes the chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth and the local convention and visitor’s bureau, Visit Mankato.
Twin Rivers Council for the Arts is a collaborative alliance of local arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, and community members who share a vision for the arts in Greater Mankato. Twin Rivers Council for the Arts serves as a unifying voice, advocating for and connecting arts groups to the community by providing services and shared resources to affiliate members throughout southern Minnesota. For more information visit twinriversarts.org.