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CALLING ALL ARTISTS - Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program 2017 Culpeper Renaissance Inc. (CRI) and The Arts A'loft a non-profit wing of The Loft is excited to announce the second project of the Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program! - Posted October 2, 2017

The placement of wall murals will enhance the physical appearance and strengthen the sense of place in downtown Culpeper, while capitalizing on some of our assets: history, architecture, countryside and the growth of an arts culture in our community. Murals have become a unique and appealing way of increasing tourism and improving commerce. This project will enhance downtowns inviting atmosphere for new and existing businesses while enticing locals and visitors to make downtown a destination point. The Arts culture is growing in Culpeper and CRI is excited to utilize this growth and establish professional relationships with talented local artists to enhance the beauty of Historic Downtown Culpeper through building wall murals.

The goal for this project is to pictorially preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of Culpeper while increasing the charm and character of our town for residents and visitors alike. We will take pride in:

Promoting economic development by increasing tourism, business and tax revenues, and property values

Inspiring and energizing our town and uniting our community, organized groups, and businesses by encouraging participation from all ages and walks of life

Beautifying our streets

Create a greater appreciation of the visual arts and our historical roots while establishing the face and identity of Culpeper.

ARTISTS CLICK HERE FOR THE CULPEPER DOWNTOWN WALLS MURAL PROGRAM RFP

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The first mural of the Culeper Renaissance, Inc. and Arts A'loft Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program was completed on Friday, August 25, 2017- Posted September 1, 2017

The first mural of the Culeper Renaissance, Inc. and Arts A'loft Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program was completed on Friday, August 25, 2017 by artisits Tom and Kerri Mullany of Mullany Art Studios. Located at on the wall at West Cameron and Main streets, “The Surveyor” features George Washington, the surveyor, in a larger than life form.  He stands approximately 13 feet tall and will be looks in the direction of the viewer.  The image is bold, contemporary, patriotic, engaging, and will bring some of Culpeper’s early history to life. According to Mount Vernon, Washington's career as a professional surveyor began as a 17-year-old in 1749 when he received a commission from the College of William & Mary to become surveyor for the newly formed Culpeper County. Washington immediately traveled to Culpeper, the county seat, to be sworn in. Washington completed his first survey within two days, measuring a tract of 400 acres.

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Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. and The Arts A'loft are excited to announce the Artist selected for the Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program! - Posted June 7, 2017   

   

CRI and The Arts A’loft sent out a call for artist, and they answered.  Thirteen applications were submitted with one to two designs each.  “Needless to say this was a difficult process for the CRI Design Committee to select one from many talented artists”, states CRI Executive Director, Jessica Jenkins.  “We are excited about the response from the arts community.  CRI is motivated by the quality of design work submitted and are exploring future mural sites in Culpeper downtown.”

The artists that were selected for the mural to be placed at 154 N. Main Street are Tom and Kerri Mullany of Mullany Art Studios. Tom and Kerrie Mullany are a husband and wife team who live and work in the neighboring county of Rappahannock. They have worked together on art projects for over 30 years doing decorative and fine art. As the lead painter, Tom has painted numerous murals throughout the region, in restaurants and private homes, and also exhibits his fine art painting in local galleries in Sperryville and Washington Va. Together they run an art school in nearby Flint Hill, Va. where a variety of arts and crafts classes are available.  They are very excited that their design was chosen for this project.

 "We are looking forward to doing this project and celebrating some local history," Tom says. "And in thinking about the design we were inspired by the scale of old style billboard ads and wanted to present an idea that would be eye catching and easily seen, especially since many will be viewing the mural from far away and or quickly as they pass by in a car." 

Patricia Werick, owner of The Loft and founder of Arts A’loft states, “Arts A’loft’s vision has been to create and promote a vibrant arts community by supporting local and regional artists through a diverse venue of opportunities.  So I’m very grateful for the chance to joint venture with CRI, which has realized the Culpeper Walls Mural program, catapulting both our community and artists into new and exciting times!”

The placement of wall murals will enhance the physical appearance and strengthen the sense of place in Culpeper downtown, while capitalizing on some of our assets: history, architecture, countryside and the growth of an arts culture in our community. Murals have become a unique and appealing way of increasing tourism and improving commerce. This project will enhance downtown’s inviting atmosphere for new and existing businesses while enticing locals and visitors to make downtown a destination point. The Arts culture is growing in Culpeper and CRI is excited to utilize this growth and establish professional relationships with talented local artists to enhance the beauty of Historic Downtown Culpeper through building wall murals.

The goal for this project is to pictorially preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of Culpeper while increasing the charm and character of our town for residents and visitors alike. We will take pride in promoting economic development by increasing tourism, business and tax revenues, and property values; inspiring and energizing our town and uniting our community, organized groups, and businesses by encouraging participation from all ages and walks of life; beautifying our streets; and creating a greater appreciation of the visual arts and our historical roots while establishing the face and identity of Culpeper.

The Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program furtherstrengthens the distinctive downtown atmosphere that will be inviting and attractive to multiple generations of locals, visitors, and entrepreneurs alike. Due to carefully selected mural sites this project will create a connected downtown enticing pedestrians to explore off the beaten paths from Davis Street.

The project will further improve the opportunity for downtown Culpeper to be viewed as destination for locals, visitors, potential investors, and entrepreneurs. Art projects that are rooted in community participation build strong societal bonds and create healthy and fun places to live and play.  This project will improve the aesthetics of our downtown environment, and inspire other community initiatives.

Governor McAuliffe Announced on May 31, 2017 that Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. was one of seven Main Street localities to receive a Virginia Main Street Grant.  This grant will afford CRI to place a second mural in the downtown district.   “I congratulate these seven localities on receiving these grants and look forward to seeing these projects become a reality,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Community revitalization is key for our Virginia Main Street communities and for our efforts to build the new Virginia economy. By continuing to invest in these downtowns, we are creating a catalyst for economic development, job growth, and additional private investment.”

For more information about the Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program please contact Jessica Jenkins, CRI Executive Director at 540-825-4416, criinfo@culpeperdowntown.com or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com .

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The Culpeper Downtown Wall Mural Program Receives Grant - Governor McAuliffe Announces $95,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants - Posted May 31, 2017

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 31, 2017


Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Email: Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Contact: Barbara Dodd
Phone: (804) 371-7006
Email: barb.dodd@dhcd.virginia.gov

 

Governor McAuliffe Announces $95,000 in Virginia Main Street Grants

~Funding includes grants for design and economic vitality projects in seven localities ~

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $95,000 in Virginia Main Street funding for seven projects in the towns of Culpeper, Marion, South Boston, and Wytheville and the cities of Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, and Staunton. In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have generated more than $159 million in private investment in their districts, resulting in a net collective gain of 4,400 jobs across Virginia’s Main Street downtown districts.

“I congratulate these seven localities on receiving these grants and look forward to seeing these projects become a reality,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Community revitalization is key for our Virginia Main Street communities and for our efforts to build the new Virginia economy. By continuing to invest in these downtowns, we are creating a catalyst for economic development, job growth, and additional private investment.”

The Downtown Investment Grants, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), are for design and economic vitality projects targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities. These grants are available to designated Main Street organizations to accelerate the economic revitalization of their downtown districts by helping implement innovative strategies, plans, and programs that create an environment for increased private investment.

“The Virginia Main Street program has been working to invigorate local communities since 1985, helping to generate more than $960 million in private sector investment and supporting the creation of nearly 21,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore. “Through investments of grants and technical assistance, these communities can beautify their districts, educate retailers, and institute new promotional activities to attract more people to live, work, and visit downtown communities.”

In 1985, DHCD adopted the Main Street program for Virginia to help prevent downtown districts across the Commonwealth from economic decline and possible demolition. This unique program works to re-energize economic development of downtown communities, while utilizing their cultural assets and character. This is further accomplished by pooling the resources of their local civic and business leaders who are determined to bring their Main Street communities back to life. The innovative Four-Point Approach program uses design, promotion, economic vitality and organization to reach their goal to help localities build better communities. The Virginia Main Street program is comprised of 28 designated communities and more than 70 Commercial District Affiliates throughout the Commonwealth.

2018 Virginia Main Street Downtown Investment Grants:

Organization

Project Name

Award

Culpeper Renaissance, Inc.

Walls of Culpeper Mural Project

$5,000

Downtown Wytheville, Inc.

Downtown Wytheville Project

$5,000

Marion Downtown Revitalization Association

Marion LOVE Sign

$5,000

Destination Downtown South Boston

John Randolph Hotel Area Redesign

$25,000

Fredericksburg Main Street

Branding/Ambassador Program

$10,000

Lynch’s Landing Foundation

Downtown Lynchburg – A New Brand

$25,000

Staunton Downtown Development Association

StauntoNites Program

$20,000

TOTAL:

$95,000

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Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program - Posted April 20, 2017

CALLING ALL ARTISTS - Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program 2017
Culpeper Renaissance Inc.​ (CRI) and The Arts A'loft a non-profit wing of The Loft​ is excited to announce the Culpeper Downtown Walls Mural Program!

The placement of wall murals will enhance the physical appearance and strengthen the sense of place in downtown Culpeper, while capitalizing on some of our assets: history, architecture, countryside and the growth of an arts culture in our community. Murals have become a unique and appealing way of increasing tourism and improving commerce. This project will enhance downtowns inviting atmosphere for new and existing businesses while enticing locals and visitors to make downtown a destination point. The Arts culture is growing in Culpeper and CRI is excited to utilize this growth and establish professional relationships with talented local artists to enhance the beauty of Historic Downtown Culpeper through building wall murals.

The goal for this project is to pictorially preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of Culpeper while increasing the charm and character of our town for residents and visitors alike. We will take pride in:

Promoting economic development by increasing tourism, business and tax revenues, and property values

Inspiring and energizing our town and uniting our community, organized groups, and businesses by encouraging participation from all ages and walks of life

Beautifying our streets

Create a greater appreciation of the visual arts and our historical roots while establishingthe face and identity of Culpeper

ARTIST CLICK HERE FOR THE CULPEPER DOWNTOWN WALLS MURAL PROGRAM RFP