A Glow-In-The-Dark Art Installation Turns Cortez’s Sometimes Scary Alleys Into Must-Sees | LOR Foundation
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A Glow-In-The-Dark Art Installation Turns Cortez’s Sometimes Scary Alleys Into Must-Sees

  • Local Champion: Cortez Rotary Club
  • Date Funded: October 11, 2022
  • Grant Amount: $9,005

Cortez, Colorado’s wide downtown alleys have the potential to be great pedestrian thoroughfares—and the fact that they back up against many restaurant patios make them prime for activation. Trouble is, these alleys aren’t exactly, erm, inviting—especially after dark. So Cortez’s Rotary Club came up with a creative solution: Involve the community, including Indigenous artists, in the creation of murals made with fluorescent paint that glow in the dark. The art installation not only makes the alleys a point of interest during the day, but light by lights from across the street, also creates a more visible and safer walkway at night. LOR’s support will help with the cost of materials, artists stipends, marketing, and opening night food and drink expenses.

This project is fiscally sponsored by Onward! A Legacy Foundation

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