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Friday, November 22, 2019

Horizon Community Funds’ 410 giving circle awards first grant to Newport mural project



The 410, Horizon Community Funds’ newest giving circle, has selected a local nonprofit for its inaugural round of funding. Members of The 410 voted to fund Southbank Partners’ upcoming mural project, which will commemorate the city of Newport’s 225th anniversary in 2020.

“We are excited for the work that our members of The 410 have decided to fund,” said Horizon Community Funds President Nancy Grayson. “It was an engaging selection process, and we truly value partnering with them to gain a deeper understanding of so many meaningful nonprofits and projects in Northern Kentucky.”



The funds from this grant award will be used to re-purpose a structural wall into a vibrant banner of murals in downtown Newport. This structural floodwall is located along Dave Cowens Drive (KY Route 8) at the intersection of I/471 North (Exit 5: Newport / Bellevue).

The area serves as a gateway for the downtown of both the Cities of Newport and Bellevue and is directly adjacent to the east campus of New Riff Distilling and Wendling Printing Company. Twenty panels are available for mural placement.

“We are excited to support Southbank Partners and the City of Newport with our inaugural 410 grant,” said Chris Verst, member of The 410. “We believe this grant will make a lasting impact on the residents and visitors of the community.”


The project will leverage other arts and cultural projects in the area including the Riverfront Commons Trail, spanning from the City of Ludlow to Fort Thomas, the Newport River Walk Plaques, Taylor Creek Park, and New Riff Distilling, which serves as the northern point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

“As a member of Southbank Partners, Newport is very honored to receive this award to facilitate public art and pay tribute to the City’s rich history,” said Larisa Sims, Assistant City Manager, “We thank The 410 members for recognizing the importance of community vibrancy to our region.”

According to Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Average Daily Traffic Counts at the intersection of I-471 and Dave Cowens Road / Route 8, the project will be viewed over 7 million times annually. In addition to the daily local traffic, the intersection is a main point of entry to the City of Newport and Bellevue’s economic and entertainment centers, which attract thousands of visitors annually.

Information on the 2020 grant cycle for The 410 will be announced early next year.

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