New mural will create photo opportunity highlighting Kendallville
Experience the Heart of Kendallville (EHK), the city's Main Street organization, has been awarded a non-matching grant by the Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) for a new public art project.
Winners in 34 counties across the state were announced on May 9. The IDDC press release indicates the funded public art projects will "tell a community's unique story" to help engage first-time visitors and build local pride.
Kristen Johnson, Main Street Manager, confirms that Chris Lesley, the artist who produced the mural in the city's new downtown pocket park, will create another one on the side of the Atz Law building facing Williams Street. Early concepts discussed include spelling out "Kendallville" with letters filled in with graphics depicting notable Kendallville people, places, and things. Similar murals are seen in cities across the nation and are often the backdrop for traveler photos. Southbound traffic on Main Street will be able to enjoy good visibility of the new art piece when complete.
EHK was awarded $3,975, which will fully fund the art project. The IDDC awarded a total of $242,000 to projects across the state for similar efforts in other communities and believe the effort will further promote Indiana as a destination for travelers.