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Mural project awarded DEDC grant

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Mural project awarded DEDC grant

The Dalhart Economic Development Corporation awarded JBeen Properties, LLC a $2,000 community art grant this week as part of the agency’s broader initiative to improve the quality of life and promote economic development through green spaces, outdoor lighting and community art projects.

The DEDC's grant program is designed to cover up to 50% of the total costs for materials, installation, labor and permit fees for qualifying projects, with a maximum award of $3,000. By providing financial support for these projects, the DEDC aims to improve the city's image and environment, ultimately benefiting both residents and businesses.

JBeen Properties, LLC's project, which secured this grant, features prominent community art installations that align with the DEDC's vision. The installations are murals visible from the public right-ofway, designed to beautify the city and create a local landmark. This goal of the project is to not only add to Dalhart's growing collection of public art but also to inspire residents and visitors to engage with and share the city's cultural assets on social media.

The criteria for the community art grant are stringent, ensuring that projects contribute significantly to the city's character and appeal. To qualify, projects must:

o Beautify and add character to Dalhart.

o Create a local landmark that encourages photography and social media sharing.

o Enhance the city’s collection of public art.

o Be visible from the public right-ofway.

o Be permanent outdoor installations made of durable materials.

o Comply with local codes and ordinances.

The DEDC's selection process is rigorous, with all applications reviewed individually based on available funds and adherence to project guidelines. JBeen Properties, LLC demonstrated a strong commitment to these principles in their application, which included detailed renderings of the proposed art and its intended location.

The grant program stipulates that all receipts must be submitted and verified before the issuance of funds, ensuring transparency and accountability in the use of public resources. Upon completion of the project, JBeen Properties, LLC was reimbursed for the qualifying costs, marking the final step in bringing this new cultural landmark to life.

This project is not just an investment in art but an investment in the community, enhancing Dalhart's appeal for residents and visitors alike.

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