Davis County seeks more color and public art via mural initiative | News, Sports, Jobs

Tim Vandenack, Standard Examiner

Davis County is seeking applications from artists for a new initiative to add murals and color to the walls of county buildings. Applications will be accepted through June 17, 2022. In this June 10, 2021 file photo, artist David “Don Rimx” Sepulveda poses in front of one of five murals he has done on the walls of the parking lot along Grant Avenue in downtown Ogden.

FARMINGTON – Davis County boosters are looking for a little more color along the streets and walls of the county.

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

With that in mind, Discover Davis is calling for applications and proposals from artists to paint murals throughout the county. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available, but must be matched by an artist’s corporate or city partner. The application period began on May 1 and ends on June 17. The murals are expected to be completed by July 1, 2023.

“Our goal is to curate a mural calling card in the area that ultimately gets people to explore the community and its surrounding businesses,” said Jessica Merrill, county tourism manager. The goal is to attract visitors to the county and uplift the communities where the art is found.

Public art “increases (the) sense of belonging in locals and reduces isolation and other mental and emotional health issues. He brings hope to people’s lives. They feel like they’re part of something bigger,” said Ivy Melton Sales, director of the Davis County Health Department’s Community Health Services Division.

The walls of downtown Ogden have been given splashes of new color through various mural initiatives. Notably, five murals by artist David Sepulveda, shown publicly last summer, cover the walls of city-owned parking lots along Grant Avenue in downtown.

More information about Davis County’s plans for potential participants is available online at form.jotform.com/220815536900149.


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