The Curry County Annex Building on Moore Street will soon be more than just a concrete block of walls, hallways and desks, as the first phase of the Veteran’s Mural Project gets underway.

County officials are seeking youth groups, art classes, artists and other interested parties to paint veteran-related murals on the interior walls of the County Annex building as an enticement to visitors. It’s the first phase of a project the county hopes will inspire other building owners and artists to partner to create visual art of their own in Curry County, said Director of Operations Julie Schmelzer.

“We are a county that honors veterans, so we decided our theme should be veterans,” noted County Commissioner Chair Chris Paasch, who was recently appointed by the president last week to the National Veterans and Military Services Committee. “We want people engaged in county government, and this is a good way to introduce youth or other interested parties to what happens in our building. We also hope to add some more art to our cultural inventory.”

Interested residents are asked to submit a proposal that will be reviewed by Schmelzer, Commissioner Sue Gold and Veteran’s Service Officer Anthony Voudy.

The available wall space is approximately 8 feet high and varies in widths. There is no charge for the ‘canvas,’ and artists must supply their own paints and tarps. All painting must be done during business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If interested, contact Schmelzer at the Board of Commissioners’ Office or by email at schmelzerj@co.curry.or.us.

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