BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – The Belchertown Community Alliance (BCA) has received funding to create the town’s first large-scale mural on Berkshire Avenue later this year. City residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in the design discussion.
A $9,000 grant from the LCC grants program of the Belchertown Cultural Council and MassDevelopment was awarded to BCA for the mural. The BCA will host a Creative Visioning Workshop for residents, local organizations and business owners on July 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Hall located at 2 Jabish Street in Belchertown. The event will discuss with residents about mural design with artists. The workshop will also be available on a Zoom call, residents can email [email protected] to register.
“Community spaces, public art exhibits and cultural events are at the heart of placemaking, and cities and towns across Massachusetts recognize the positive impact these projects have on supporting local economies and improving quality of life,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “MassDevelopment is pleased to award these Commonwealth Places grants to help organizations build capacity, engage residents and visitors, and implement projects that reimagine public spaces.”
“No background in arts or design is necessary,” says April Jasak-Bangs, chair of BCA’s board of directors. “We hope that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities will come forward and share their insights into the community they live and work in so that Belchertown as a whole can truly feel like they own this mural when it’s completed.”
The BCA will also be available at the Belchertown Cultural Council’s Food Truck event on Friday, July 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Common to discuss any questions the community has about the mural.
Once the decision for the mural has been approved by the city’s selection committee, painting parties will be organized in August for anyone interested in getting involved in the creation of the mural.