2018-06-13 / Front Page

Story Boxes to Narrate Murals


The new solar powered boxes tell about mural and/or points of interest. The new solar powered boxes tell about mural and/or points of interest. Last week, you may have noticed new solar powered boxes and signage at five locations throughout the city. Each tells four stories about murals or points of interest in Colquitt, with a map to supplement the walking tour of Colquitt. The boxes are located at the Colquitt Miller County Chamber of Commerce (302 East College Street), Agricultural Icon Mural (Second Street across from Icon Mural), Neighbors Mural (Main Street beside Cotton Hall), The Tarrer Inn (155 South Cuthbert Street) and Gospel of the Rock Mural (on the west side of 202 West Main Street.)

Each box is solar powered and has four stories to share with listeners. The story boxes have the names of each mural or attraction on the outside, so listeners know what each one is about. The maps provide a guide to visitors about what they are listening to, where the other boxes are located, and other points of interest in Colquitt’s downtown area.

In September of 2017, The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Tourism division announced that it has awarded more than $111,624 in product development resource team grants to 14 new and expanding tourism projects across the state. The City of Colquitt was one of these 14 projects to receive funding.

Georgia Product Development Team came and evaluated Colquitt in 2014. With some of their recommendations, the Chamber of Commerce partnered with the City of Colquitt to pursue a way to tell the stories of our murals to locals and visitors to our community. By partnering with the Colquitt Miller Arts Council, we were able to complete the application, project, and now these are available to our community!

Colquitt Miller County Chamber of Commerce president KaCee Holt said, “This is something that we have talked about for a long time, and it is exciting to see it taking place. We have a unique town with unique stories to tell. Our murals are some of the best around and really separate our town from others in our area. We have people stop in (the chamber) all of the time asking about our murals, and where all of them are. Now we can direct them to our story boxes and maps which will also bring them to our downtown area and local businesses. The hope is this will encourage them to stay a while, spend some money, and set a date for a full tour of the murals from the arts council!”

In reference to the project funding, Holt said, “This is definitely a collaborative project! The city, the chamber of commerce, and the arts council worked together to complete this, and it couldn’t have been done with the Tourism Product Development Team Community Funding Program. This is a great example of how collaboration can work for the overall improvement of our city. The city has a great team of employees who have worked hard to prepare the sites for the story boxes and put the post up for us to be able to complete the project. Joy Roseborough, employee of the city, works tirelessly to help upkeep the cleanliness and landscaping of the downtown area. Knowing that we constantly have visitors in our town, these are some of the most important components that make our downtown unique and memorable! We are looking forward to upcoming plans and ideas in the future, and building on the momentum that we have going on!”

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