SELMA – Activate Selma, a grassroots group of business owners and citizens, received a check last week for $3,000 for their mural project in the Downtown Selma District. The funds were awarded from the Triangle East Economic Development Foundation.
“These funds will help drive a positive movement in Selma,” stated founding member Cindy Brookshire. “We want to see Selma grow and prosper and this is just one step we are taking to make that happen.”
Ron Hester of Hester Properties is the third building owner to donate a blank canvas to this project. The train mural on his building on East Railroad Street was completed in September. There are talks on where to put another mural.
“In giving this building as a canvas, we are continuing to move Selma forward in a positive, energetic way and I love being a part of this movement and seeing what will happen in the next few months with other buildings and murals,” Mr. Hester said.
This is the third in a series of highly visible murals or tourism banners that have been installed in the Town of Selma’s Central Business District. Murals create a tangible sense of place and destination, resulting in increased foot traffic while adding color, vibrancy and character to a walkable town.
Public art is an outward and visible sign of Selma’s uptown revitalization and falls under the umbrella of Economic Development, one of the four main areas that Selma Town Council and Town Management are focusing on in fiscal year 2020-21. The other three areas are Infrastructure, Code Enforcement and Appearance.