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Alton Main Street, Jacoby Arts Center announce Downtown Alton Mural Grant Program

Program plans to award $10,000 to artists to enhance local businesses

Alton Main Street and Jacoby Arts Center are excited to present a new Downtown Alton Mural Grant Program. This program is designed to assist property and business owners in funding and implementing murals and artwork to create a positive visual impact, stimulate private investment, and complement other community development efforts while tapping into community talent and investing in local artists.

In order to be eligible, the building must be located within the Alton Main Street district boundary. A business or property owner may apply for a proposed project with a budget of $1,250. The grant is designed to cover estimated material costs of $250 and an estimated artist stipend of $1,000.

Interested property owners and tenants with owners’ permission may submit an application and a photo of the intended location to be painted. Full details as well as a form for artists to express interest in painting a mural can be found at: https://downtownalton.com/events/public-art-projects/

The Alton Main Street Design Committee will select projects based on the merit of the concepts presented and will work with the chosen applicants and pair with artists, if needed, to help develop a final design.

Artists must adhere to an approved materials list to ensure the longevity of murals, and projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022. A total of eight grants are available, first come first served.

“Community murals and other art initiatives encourage a sense of excitement among citizens and promote reinvestment in downtown districts,” said Sara McGibany, executive director of Alton Main Street. “Murals and artwork create the kind of place where residents and tourists are eager to live and visit, increasing traffic, tourism, and local spending.”

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