Big Monday pushes BR Walls Project over its fundraising goal
People will begin to see some bare walls downtown revitalized with murals in the coming months now that the BR Walls Project has reached its fundraising goal of $25,000 before a Thursday deadline. Not only did a flood of donors push the project over its goal on Monday, they pushed it over $30,000—with roughly more than $10,000 contributed during the one day. A week ago, the fundraising effort was still $15,000 short of the goal. "It just began to snowball yesterday morning—and not coincidentally right after Daily Report went out with a mention about it. I was always confident we'd reach the goal, but that kind of momentum was fairly unexpected," says Casey Phillips, co-curator of the project along with Kathryn Thorpe. "A lot of people said we couldn't get it done, but we did it, and I think it says a lot about what this community wants and is willing to get behind. We're thrilled." Phillips says organizers will begin meeting with artists today to plan the first of the murals, which will be created on buildings including those housing Buzz Café, Harrington's Café and Mentorship Academy. The fundraising effort will continue to add more walls to the project list, Phillips says, and a daylong telethon slated for Thursday will also go on as planned. "This campaign was really about getting the public support, but we're also beginning our corporate and business outreach," he says. Raising Cane's on Monday pledged to fully fund one of the walls if the $25,000 was met. You can track the fundraising effort and make a donation here; and read a recent 225 feature to learn more about the project here. —Steve Sanoski
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