The DBBA’s Public Art Committee has recently been awarded with a Try This mini grant for $1,700. The DBBA along with Active Southern WV, MUSTER, Independence Middle School, City of Beckley, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, West Virginia State University Extension, Beckley Beautification Committee, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, New River Community and Technical College, YMCA and the United Way of Southern WV are partnering to promote a healthy lifestyle while beautifying the community. The recently awarded Try This mini grant, in kind donations, and volunteer time are going to make it possible. Each partner appreciates the importance of a healthy and beautiful community and the positive impact that has on economic development.

The goal for incorporating public art with an active, health conscious initiative is to inspire holistic wellness, both mind and body. There is a wealth of research that shows the connection between wellness and creativity which clearly leads to community and economic development.

This mini grant will allow the groups to complete a number of projects including: 3 sculptural bike racks, an active themed mural, a bike arch at the McManus trailhead, and three bike art garden trellises.

By beautifying the city while promoting a healthy lifestyle the group hopes to inspire the community and especially children to engage and take pride in their towns while becoming both mentally and physically healthy. “We want to see creative bike racks, garden trellises, murals, and a bike arch so that our youth will be inspired to exercise, eat healthy and think outside the box about what is possible in our community.” says Community Development Agent, Christine Kinder.

Examples of proposed projects include:

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