The City of Halstad has been awarded a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council grant for a mural in Halstad. Beau Bakken, Hallock, Minnesota is the regional artist commissioned for the mural project. The mural is being painted on the north side of the historic old bean plant building located in Halstad near the intersections of Highways 200 and 75. To attract tourists to our area, and provide a vibrant backdrop for photo opportunities, the project will be a postcard style mural spelling out Halstad. Inside the lettering of this mural will be images that reflect the history, local culture and quality of life of the small town of Halstad.
This grant provides an opportunity for arts audiences by bringing more awareness to the community about the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and allow more residents to appreciate the arts. “We feel that the mural will positively impact not only the look of our small town community, but it will bring in community members and tourists as well,” commented Mayor Darin Johnson.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The objective of this funding is to provide arts opportunities throughout our region that promote the arts and improve the lives of people in our communities.