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Eatonton Main Street is painting the town, and we need your help. In October 2020, Eatonton Main Street was awarded the Vibrant Communities Art Grant from the Georgia Council for Arts. Eatonton Main Street also received donated funds for the project from Farmers & Merchants Bank. With this grant money and the donated funds, Eatonton Main Street will be installing three crosswalk murals in downtown.

Known as the Creative Crosswalk Project, the murals will promote public art and walkability around downtown while aiming to bring safety and personality to our streets. Painted crosswalks have become ubiquitous as a pedestrian safety measure across the U.S.A. While white stripes lead pedestrians and alert drivers to pay extra attention, there is a growing trend to abandon the blasé, white uniform lines for colorful, eye-catching options that serve both as public art and enhanced safety tools. Art is a powerful tool to help slow down drivers and utilizing bright colors and unique designs in three crosswalks. This project will create a sense of community while striving to enhance pedestrian safety by drawing drivers’ attention to the crosswalk murals.

Three crosswalks in our downtown district have been prioritized based on traffic patterns and preliminary City approval. The crosswalks are in the following intersections and will be installed on the following days (weather permitting):

• W. Harris Street and N. Madison Avenue (Friday, March 26th)

• N. Maple Street and E. Marion Street (Friday, April 9th and Saturday, April 10th)

• N, Maple Street and Willie Bailey (Friday, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th)

The lead Artist identified to design and install the crosswalks is Valerie Aranda, Georgia College Art Professor and experienced muralist. Ms. Aranda has a BFA from Arizona State University and a MFA from the University of California. Her large-scale mural experience will be extremely beneficial.

Eatonton Main Street is looking for volunteers to assist in painting the murals. If you are interested in helping paint the murals, you can sign up by going to http://linktr.ee/ DowntownEatonton or you may call 706-749-9150.

For more information, you can visit the Eatonton Main Street Office, which is located inside City Hall. You may also call 706-749-9150 or email director@ downtowneatonton.com.

Eatonton Main Street has been helping revitalize the Downtown commercial district since 1999. Eatonton Main Street’s mission is to preserve and to enhance the historical and the cultural character of Eatonton through economic development. Eatonton Main Street will be thriving and beautiful, rich in culture and heritage, sustained by community support.

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