Garner Economic Development Annual Report 2022 - Page 11

HIDDEN FIGURES MURAL
ECONOMIC IMPACT
DGA COMMISSIONS NEW

HIDDEN FIGURES MURAL

DGA partnered with downtown business Locs , Naturals , & More to commission “ Hidden Figures ,” a two-story mural by Charlottebased artist Georgie Nakima . The mural is a vibrant tribute to Garner ’ s Black community that incorporates local history , influential citizens , important cultural symbols , and natural elements that are meaningful to the Black North Carolinian experience . Community members helped kick off the mural by priming the wall with the artist .
This project allowed Garner to add another phenomenal piece of public art to the historic downtown , which is becoming a destination for the cultural arts . The mural marks a central gateway in Downtown Garner and is contributing , not only as a placemaking attraction , but also as an homage to the important roles that Black citizens have always played in Garner .
This project was supported by a grant from the N . C . Arts Council , a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources .
MAIN STREET ’ S 2021-2022

ECONOMIC IMPACT

TOTAL NEW INVESTMENT
$ 1.63M Total | $ 1.57M Private | $ 60k Public
NET NEW JOBS 20 Total | 8 Full Time | 12 Part Time
BUSINESS GROWTH 3 New Businesses | 3 Business Expansions
BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS
2 Building Rehabs | 1 Facade Improved
VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTIONS 560 Hours | $ 15,459 Value