Town of Pahrump Tourism was awarded $8,000 for a fully funded Voluntourism Impact Grant (VIP) for a Town Mural Project at the Bob Ruud Community Center.
Pahrump Tourism’s grant award was given for a town mural project at the community’s Bob Ruud Community Center to feature safe and open messaging.
After reaching out to various local entities who declined to a tight end-of-year deadline, Juraj “George” Sojka, Destination Development Specialist, with Travel Nevada reached out to Reno-based artist, Bryce Chisholm, AbcArtAttack. Bryce connected with Arlette Ledbetter, Tourism Director, and contracted to complete the mural in an “Americana” theme.
Work on the mural on the Bob Ruud Community Center began December 27th. The artist’s design will include the American flag and a wild horse in a contemporary setting. The messaging “Stay Safe and Stay Open” is part of the grant criteria and will be clearly visible with the artwork.
Pahrump Tourism has long considered a mural trail. The community center mural can be considered the inaugural project with future projects and grants to follow. The murals are very successful in other communities across America by enhancing local pride, increasing tourism, and providing photo opportunities. Outdoor wall murals also help attract a significant number of visitors dedicated to such artwork. Street art can evoke emotion, entertain and bring people together. Even in this tumultuous year, mural tours are still being conducted as a socially distanced safe activity. There have been many new works inspired by the pandemic.
This grant program was made possible through Coronavirus Relief Funds through the federal CARES Act and administered by the Nevada Division of Tourism, also known as Travel Nevada. The goal of this grant is to promote the community to stay safe to stay open for visitors.