Sep 16, 2021 10:25 AM

Midland Marketing donates $20K to downtown Hays mural project

Posted Sep 16, 2021 10:25 AM
Justin Townley and Logan Schlegel with JDR Painting Services, prime the Midland Marketing General Office, 201 E. 8th Street, in preparation for a cooperative mural to be started in the summer of 2022. The project will allow community members to be active in its creation.
Justin Townley and Logan Schlegel with JDR Painting Services, prime the Midland Marketing General Office, 201 E. 8th Street, in preparation for a cooperative mural to be started in the summer of 2022. The project will allow community members to be active in its creation.

News release

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Midland Marketing is proud to support projects in the communities they serve. Last week, it showed when they presented Downtown Hays Development Corporation (DHDC) and Hays artist Dennis Schiel with a $20,000 donation to benefit the Brush the Brick Mural Movement; $10,000 directly from Midland Marketing and $10,000 from a CoBank grant.


The mural movement in Downtown Hays is moving quickly. The first mural on the S&W Supply Warehouse, 311 E. 8th Street, has already been completed by Schiel. A second mural honoring the Native Americans of the area is has begun on the State Glass building, 421 Main Street. Artist Matthew Miller is painting it.

The project has plans to paint a mural on the Midland Marketing General Office, 201 E. 8th Street, in the summer of 2022. The mural will be a cooperative project with opportunities for the community to participate in its creation.

"We are very excited to work with the artists on their ideas for the General office," Anna Luna with Midland Marketing said.

Brush the Bricks is an effort by multiple organizations to transform buildings in Downtown Hays into spectacular, world-class artwork that invigorates tourism and community pride. The murals that are currently done or in progress pay tribute to the history of Hays and its heritage.

If you would like to find more information or how to donate, visit the Brush the Brick's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/brushthebricks, or website, www.downtownhays.com/brushthebricks.

From left to right: Kevin Royer, Midland Marketing general manager, Brian Staab, Midland Marketing board president, Sara Bloom, Downtown Hays Development Corporation Executive Director, Tom Benoit, Midland Marketing board member, and Dennis Schiel, Hays artist. Midland Marketing recently donated $20,000 to the Brush the Bricks Mural Movement in Downtown Hays.
From left to right: Kevin Royer, Midland Marketing general manager, Brian Staab, Midland Marketing board president, Sara Bloom, Downtown Hays Development Corporation Executive Director, Tom Benoit, Midland Marketing board member, and Dennis Schiel, Hays artist. Midland Marketing recently donated $20,000 to the Brush the Bricks Mural Movement in Downtown Hays.