We're thrilled to announce that Bethel has been awarded a $15,000 Animating Infrastructure grant from the Vermont Arts Council! This competitive grant program is awarding us funding to support high quality public art projects that will help enliven our streetscape, from the Wall to the Hall.
We will focus on three main projects, which will coordinate to form a vibrant downtown stretch and to celebrate what makes Bethel special.
Artistic Benches & Seating
We've heard from the community, business owners, and everyone we ask that downtown needs places for people to sit, relax, connect, or just have a sandwich. Bethel artist Lindley Brainard of Living Edge Woodworking will design artistic benches that mimic the curves of the White River, while creating seating and enlivening public spaces downtown - especially in green spaces with views of the river.
Bethel's flower baskets have long been popular, but they are high-maintenance and no longer feasible. In their place, we'll commission Bethel artist Teal Sallen of Teal Emlyn Illustration to design a set of banners that require less work and can stay in place throughout the seasons. The banners will feature Bethel icons or assets, chosen by the community.
Retaining Wall Mural
Our giant retaining wall (at the intersection of Routes 12 & 107) has seen better days. Unfortunately it won't be rebuilt any time soon, but that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful! Renowned mural artist Mary Lacy will make Bethel the final stop on her national mural tour, and transform our wall with a colorful animal. Learn more about the mural project.
Let's Make Some Art!
We'll need lots of hands to help make this happen - from planners and organizers, to a review team for art designs, to people who can help paint mural pieces or install projects. Get in touch if you'd like to help!