CVB gives tentative approval to downtown mural

The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau has given the Chamber Young Professionals tentative permission to paint a large mural on the east side of its offices at 215 E. Second St.

That’s the side that faces the Glover H. Cary Bridge.

Austin Casebolt, an art teacher at Daviess County High School, told the CVB board that the organization for professionals under age 40 wants to create the mural to welcome visitors to downtown.

Plans call for a mural with a blue background featuring bluegrass instruments and a white overlay with the city’s name.

The idea, Casebolt said, is to bring more youth and vitality to the city.

“It’s popular for people to take pictures in front of murals,” he said.

And the downtown mural should help advertise the city, Casebolt said.

The CVB board tentatively approved the idea but said it wanted to wait on final approval until it saw the final design of the mural.

Casebolt said the CYP needs to find a sponsor to cover the $3,500 to $4,500 projected cost of the project.

The CVB board wants to see who the sponsor will be and how large they want their logo next to the mural before giving final approval.

And it wants to make sure that zoning ordinances that cover downtown property will allow the mural.

Casebolt said he would paint the mural along with a small team.

Chamber Young Professionals want to do theirs first, Casebolt said.

This is his second art project downtown.

Casebolt painted the fiberglass pigs for the “Oink for Owensboro” project that saw a dozen painted pigs placed around the downtown area last month.

Messenger Inquirer article written by Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, [email protected]