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.