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Annual mural program brings colorful public art to Bargersville

BARGERSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Leaders in Johnson County on Saturday are hosting the annual “Color the County” mural program in Bargersville.

Hoosiers are invited to participate in the mural painting that is going up at Taxman Brewing Co. in Bargersville. That’s located at 89 S. Baldwin Street.

The countywide mural program was launched in 2016 as a way for Johnson County residents to celebrate the Johnson County Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary.

“It’s just like those coloring books you had as a kid! This is our 5th year with the mural program and our goal is just to get the community involved,” said Kim Minton who serves as the Vice President of Development at Johnson County Community Foundation.

Normally the foundation runs two mural programs a year, but will be hosting one this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have social distance signs up and masks are required. We won’t be having 50 people at the wall at once, but we will make sure everyone has a chance to participate,” said Minton.

According to the foundation, the “Color the County” program is “an artful collaboration that connects people who care with causes that matter. And in this case, what matters is improving the cultural fabric of our community through public art.”

Artist Stacie Drane was the winner of this year’s mural design and says she wanted to create something that connected the county.

“You’ll see some of the rural representation like farming. But also some city scenes from our larger communities. I just wanted to connect all the people who represent our county and let them know there is light after darkness,” said Drane.

The painting kicked off at 9 a.m. Saturday and will go until noon.

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