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Davis County seeks more color, public art via mural initiative

By Tim Vandenack - | May 22, 2022

Tim Vandenack, Standard-Examiner

Davis County is seeking applications from artists as part of a new initiative to add murals and color to the walls of the buildings around the county. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2022. In this file photo from June 10, 2021, artist David "Don Rimx" Sepulveda poses by one of five murals he completed on the parking garage walls along Grant Avenue in downtown Ogden.

FARMINGTON — Davis County boosters are seeking a bit more color along the streets and walls of the county.

“Art creates vibrant experiences and an incredible sense of community in a destination,” Discover Davis, the county tourism agency, said in a press release.

With that in mind, Discover Davis has put out a call for applications and proposals from artists to paint murals around the county. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available, though they must be matched by a business or city partnering with an artist. The application period started May 1 and closes on June 17. Murals are expected to be completed by July 1, 2023.

“Our goal is to organize a mural tour map within the area that ultimately gets people to explore the community and its surrounding businesses,” said Jessica Merrill, the county’s tourism director. The aim is to draw visitors to the county and uplift the communities where the art is located.

Public art “increases (the) sense of belonging to locals and reduces isolation and other negative mental and emotional health. It brings hope into people’s lives. They feel like they are a part of something bigger,” said Ivy Melton Sales, community health services division director for the Davis County Health Department.

The walls of downtown Ogden have received splashes of new colors thanks to varied mural initiatives. Notably, five murals by artist David Sepulveda, publicly presented last summer, cover walls on city-owned parking structures along Grant Avenue in the city center.

More information on the Davis County plans for would-be participants is available online at form.jotform.com/220815536900149.

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