Legacy Mural Project awarded state grant

Public Art Project

The Antigo High School Art Department along with Antigo Visual Arts has been awarded a $4200 Creative Communities grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board to be used in their efforts of creating Legacy mosaic murals on the Antigo School District buildings during the 2022-2023 school year.

The local arts component of this grant supports the creation and development of the arts at the local level. It encourages broad public participation in the planning and development of a variety of arts experiences, including those that respect and promote cultural diversity.

The project will be mosaic murals made from clay pieces that each student, staff member, and community member is involved in making with direction from Connie Greany of Legacy Murals.

“Art creatively connects the people within a community,” Greany said. “each clay tile will represent what each person thinks is special in the community, the theme for the combined mosaic murals is “Belongingness.”

Antigo High School art teacher Justin Markgraf is heading up this project with the help of Greany, a skilled professional artist, educator, and values coach who offers a unique way to reach and teach individuals through collaborative ceramic mural creation.

“A project of this size is exhilarating,” Markgraf said, “The potential impact of this is incredible. I look forward to bringing so many people together to help with “Belongingness.”

The total estimated cost for the project is approximately $16,000 with other funding and support coming from local community organizations, private donations, and the school district.

An informational meeting will take place at 10 AM on July 20 in the high school commons. The public is encouraged to attend.

For more information on the project, or if you are interested in having a club or organization participate, contact Markgraf at jmarkgraf@antigoschools.org.

***This Legacy Mural Project was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.