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On the Mark, For the City

Organized by: We're Trying Collective

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We're so close!
April 07, 2017

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to our project! So far, we've raised $9,838. That means we're only $162 short of our goal! We See More

THE STORY:

Our team is raising funds for a public art mural, and any donation you contribute will go towards designing the mural with the community, painting, and sealing the wall for protection. 

Following the tragic events at the Orlando Pulse Nightclub, we were inspired to work hand-in-hand with the community of Muncie to create a piece of public art that would illustrate our city’s acceptance of and support for people of all backgrounds. Since that spark of inspiration, our project’s process can be described in 4 steps: looking, listening, collaborating, and celebrating. 

Look

We started by looking around our neighborhood to find a place for this public art. The south wall of 306 S. Walnut Street was immediately recognized as a big, blank canvas ripe for transformation. In addition to being the perfect spot for a mural, this location is also the current home of the Mark III Taproom, Indiana’s oldest LGBTQ nightclub. Kismet? Maybe.

Listen

We couldn’t design a community art project without listening to the community members who will see it every day, so we started by sitting down with the staff at the Mark to pick their brains. They shared their values, ideas, likes, and dislikes with us, which helped to inform our design process. We will hold a follow-up design session this summer to get feedback from other businesses and individuals who interact with the space. 

Collaborate

Many hands make light work, and we want to get as many Muncie residents as possible in on the action when it comes to this project. You can help out in a variety of ways-- by spreading the word, donating to our cause, attending our fundraiser on August 26, or by joining our paint crew. 

Celebrate

Hard work deserves a party. When the mural is painted, sealed, and ready to share with the world, we intend to hold a celebration open to all community members that will coincide with a First Thursday art walk event. 

 

Meet Our Team
We are a group of artists living and working in Muncie, Indiana. We’re interested in collaborative work across a variety of mediums that serves to promote our community’s interests and build a culture of inclusion and creative expression.

JoAnna Darda is our Lead Designer. She digs up inspiration from the web, as well as her city’s local landscape.  She can usually be found with her head buried in a pad of graph paper filled with notes, patterns, and sketches.  She usually makes art with dyes and fabric, but loves the collaborative challenge of mural-planning.

Braydee Euliss is our Creative Placemaker. As a Muncie native, she advocates for local arts and culture and their power to fuel our community’s growth and transformation. When she isn’t producing events, curating exhibitions, or focused on developing opportunities for other area artists, Braydee likes to crank out handmade jewelry.

Faith Kellermeyer is our Project Manager. She specializes in taking an idea and running with it. Faith is our main point person for inquiries and communication, and has been voted “most likely to come to every meeting prepared with handouts.” 

Jannell Summers is our Creative Director. All she wants to do is make art. She finds inspiration in music, coffee, and books. She is passionate about making the city brighter, more fun, and an even more positive place to live through art. She can be found deejaying some nights and in her studio most days.

Learn more at www.weretryingcollective.com
 

$10,100

 

101% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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  • Maura Jasper and Mark Perretta and Larry

    $50

  • Sara Vorbroker

    $25

  • Traci Lutton

    $100

  • Leigh Wright

    $50

  • Kelli Huth

    $25

  • Larry R.

    $50

  • Derek Hilbert

    $20

  • Austin Sayre

    $50

  • Charles Jamieson

    $100

  • JEA

    $250

  • Charles Jamieson

    $30

  • Aimee Robertson-Fant

     

  • Thaddeus + Karen Kissick

    $100

  • JJMA

    $50

  • Ben Simon

    $20

  • Austin Fleming

    $50

  • Greg + Briana Grosicki

    $16

  • Kathy Denker

    $20

  • Denise Gothard

    $48

  • Bryce Anderson

    $60

  • Michael Welsh

    $62

  • Ty Morton

    $25

  • On the Mark, For the City Fundraiser Extravaganza

    $995

  • Miles and Art Hill

    $50

  • Marissa Rose

    $10

  • Archetype99

    $50

  • Levi Todd

    $25

  • Adrienne Gruver

    $25

  • Artswalk @ The Caffeinery

    $211

  • We're Trying a Pop-Up Shop @ The Rose Court

    $324

  • A Taste of Spain @ Two Cats Cafe

    $203

  • FlatLand Resources

    $500

  • Laura O'Hara

    $100

  • Kirsten Smith

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert Alan Brookey

    $50

  • Alex Panas & Aaron

    $50

  • Adam Weber

     

  • Shantanu Suman

    $50

  • Barbara Browning

    $10

  • Neil & Lisa Thompson

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jeanne Vaccaro

    $100

  • Delaina Boyd

    $25

  • Emily J Sanders Boltz and Phillip Boltz

    $40

  • Katherine Elliot

    $20

  • Donna Fickle

    $45

  • Melanie Sellers

    $45

  • Michael Kerrigan

    $71

  • Don and Lynn Darda

    $225

  • Matt Rogge

    $115

  • Dr. Kathy Denker

    $100

  • Drew Shermeta

    $73

  • Tania Said

    $40

  • Kevin Gatzlaff

    $100

  • Best Western - Muncie

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Ben Slightom

    $25

  • Kourtney McCauliff

     

  • Peggy Obergfell

     

  • Kelli Huth

    $50

  • SPECTRUM Drag Show Donation

    $1,822

  • Fork It Over Cash Donations

    $173

  • Fork It Over Ticket Sales

    $2,370

  • Gordy Family

    $50

  • Missy Heinlen

    $25

  • Chris Flook

    $137

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert G. La France

    $50

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Donor Comments

Robert G. La France

Robert G. La France

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Chris Flook

Chris Flook

DONATION: $137

In memory of Wilma Farr. I hope this helps. I'm so glad this project is underway! 1 year ago

Missy Heinlen

Missy Heinlen

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Gordy Family

Gordy Family

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Fork It Over Ticket Sales

Fork It Over Ticket Sales

DONATION: $2,370

1 year ago

Fork It Over Cash Donations

Fork It Over Cash Donations

DONATION: $173

1 year ago

SPECTRUM Drag Show Donation

SPECTRUM Drag Show Donation

DONATION: $1,822

1 year ago

Kelli Huth

Kelli Huth

DONATION: $50

1 year ago

Peggy Obergfell

Peggy Obergfell

Memory of John Obergfell 1 year ago

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