Byway of Art Project a Finalist!

A handful of neighboring communities and the Center for Rural Affairs are finalists for an ArtPlace grant: a nationwide competition to fund various avant-garde ‘public art’ projects.

Accessible and built from community involvement and collaboration, public art often speaks to a community’s sense of ‘place.’ Communities gain social, cultural, and economic value. Public spaces are invigorated, and communities gain uniqueness.

Our “Byway of Art” project unites four neighboring and very diverse communities. They are Lyons, Decatur, Oakland, and Macy. Students, elders, artists, and tradespersons will work together to envision artwork that speaks to their community’s past, present, and future.

This project helps to prove that art isn’t exclusively urban. Further, it has the power to show that our small towns are places of vibrant culture, creative vision, and collaborative spirit.

To learn more and pledge your support for this project, please contact Adele Phillips, adelep@cfra.org or 402.687.2103 x 1022.