State Public Art Grant to Support War of 1812 Mural in Dundalk
Mural Complements Enhancements to Battle Acre Park
Towson, Maryland (October 11, 2013) - The Maryland State Arts Council has awarded Baltimore County a $4,500 public art project grant to support a mural celebrating Greater Dundalk's role in the War of 1812.
Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC), in partnership with the greater Dundalk community, Baltimore County, the Baltimore County War of 1812 Bicentennial Advisory Committee, and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, is commissioning the mural overlooking the historically-significant Battle Acre Park. The mural will depict themes related to Dundalk's role in the War of 1812 and will be painted on an exterior wall of the Charlesmont Shopping Center at 3115 North Point Road. The mural will be visible from Battle Acre Park and is across the street from North Point State Battlefield, where the Battle of North Point was waged
Public Art Project
"Baltimore County is pleased that the State is joining with Baltimore County to provide funding for this special public art project celebrating greater Dundalk's contributions to the War of 1812," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "The mural will complement enhancements to Battle Acre Park and serve as a lasting commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the historic battle fought here."
The State public art grant will supplement Baltimore County grant funds and will be used for maintenance of the mural.
"The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation is proud to take the lead for this exciting public art project," said DRC Executive Director Amy Menzer. "We look forward to engaging the community as we create an important commemoration of greater Dundalk's role in the War of 1812."
Community Input Meeting
The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation is holding a community input meeting October 22 where community members can learn more about the history of the War of 1812 in Dundalk, meet the potential artists who will design the wall mural, and share their visions for the mural. The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 22, 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor, 212 Oakwood Road in Dundalk.
"Residents of what is now greater Dundalk played a vital role in America's history, stalling British troops as they sought to destroy Baltimore in the War of 1812. This mural will be a reminder of the spirit and commitment of our citizens at the Battle of North Point," said Fran Taylor, Chair of the Baltimore County War of 1812 Advisory Committee and Vice President of the North Point Peninsula Council.
The mural is scheduled to be completed by Defenders Day, September 12, 2014, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of North Point.
Primary funding for the War of 1812 mural is through a grant from the Citizens of Baltimore County through the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.