COLUMBIA – The North Village Arts District plans to install more artwork in downtown Columbia. The funding comes from a donation from the Veterans United Foundation which she received in November 2021.
Tootie Burns, chairman of the board of the North Village Arts District, said they have worked hard to bring this vision to life.
“We have created a committee which is the North Village Art Walk,” Burns said. “The idea is that we will identify locations and then place sculptures and murals throughout the North Village Arts District.”
The committee meets monthly and has sub-committees to iron out all the details of the art walk. She said the art walk is something the North Village Arts District has always wanted, but never had the funding to create. Now they have over $230,000 dedicated to this project.
“Thanks to this very generous donation, we are able to develop a plan and then put out calls for local and regional artists to help us create site-specific installations,” Burns said.
Burns said the plan is to place 10-15 murals and sculptures and then possibly add a few “smaller projects”. She said one idea is an additional art gallery that would be free to the public.
“It would be stocked with art supplies, and kids and adults could access it,” Burns said. “I hope it will be in the alley near the Wabash bus station.”
She estimates that it will take until 2024 to complete all the projects. However, the public can see some changes in the neighborhood this year.
“We’re starting now and hopefully have facilities that we can celebrate this spring,” Burns said. “Then we will continue to identify locations and sites; some will be more involved than others.