Mural, alley art project fundraising underway in Angola

May 15th, 2019

By Ashlee Hoos | KPC Media - The Herald Republican

Angola High School students Brooklyn Shively and Teryn Stanley are continuing their efforts for No Alley Left Behind, a paint-the-town initiative the two began to create areas where the public can become immersed in art in Angola.

Their fundraising goal is $5,000.

The pair have already received a $1,000 Amplify Art grant from Arts United, Fort Wayne, toward the project and have continued fundraising.

Three Rivers Federal Credit Union will match each dollar, up to $1,500, raised through a fundraising link set up on the Arts United website.

The match donation will bring the pair up to $4,000, leaving just $1,000 left to be raised. As of Monday the pair had just over $200 raised that will be matched.

They presented the Angola Common Council a brief project update Monday during the council’s regular meeting.

In the alley, which is located between Studio II Salon and Guardian Title Co., the pair propose having tables with chess boards built in, benches, fairy lights, a take-a-book box, a chalk board and various other ways to display art and enjoy the area.

The mural will be painted on aluma-panels and hung on the side of the Hansbarger Realty building.

“Mr. (Mark) Hansbarger has already given the OK to put the mural on the wall,” Shively said.

The idea behind using the panels is to help preserve the bricks on the building and allow for easier removal should the mural need touched up or a new one placed.

At other meetings where the project has been discussed, Hansbarger has said he is all for a mural being on the side of his building once again.

The mural will be designed by someone in the community, decided on through a contest that, Shively and Stanley said has begun.

“We’ve posted fliers at Angola High School and the middle school and are printing more about it,” Shively said during Monday’s meeting. “It will go through June 8.”

To help with the fundraising, visit http://bit.ly/2H8y7CH. Donations in any amount can be given to help get the project funded.

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