March 30 – You can start filling out your applications for the LIHEAP program, and take the first step at getting some monetary assistance towards your heating bill.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is designed to help out local residents that need a little help, and the Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC) will be scheduling appointments to determine who gets some grant money starting Friday, March 31.
Applications will be taken at the Decatur Civic Center from 7-9 a.m., or until all appointments are filled. Additionally, they will be making appointments over the phone beginning at 8:30 a.m.
DMCOC will be assisting as many people as they can until funds are exhausted. Appointments will be made on a first come, first serve basis and there can be only one appointment per residence.
For over the phone appointments or if you need any additional information, you can call the DMCOC at 217-428-2193.
March 30 – The Decatur Area Arts Council is making the final call for artists to submit proposals for mural projects.
The council is continuing the Decatur Mural Project, which began in 2012. So far, three murals have been completed. One depicts the Commodore Stephen Decatur and is located on the side of Central Illinois Title Co. A mural dedicated to the Chicago Bears/Decatur Staleys is on the west side of 111 E Main Street. The final mural is a tribute to Bob Marley and is on the side of GB’s Record Shop.
The council has identified three new locations where murals are set to go up. Arts Council Executive Director Jerry Johnson says they are asking for design submissions.
“We don’t have any strict criteria for designs,” Johnson explains in a December interivew. “We prefer that they have a positive message and that they be simple and graphical in nature because it makes them easier to pay. We certainly recommend the artist consider the location, the size and shape of the wall, and the businesses around it, but we don’t dictate any specific content.”
The three new locations are: 100 block of S Oakwood (East side of street – Garcia’s Pizza building), 200 block of W. Main St (replace the current pot and bamboo mural), and 730 E Cerro Gordo St. (East wall of Ken’s Aquarium and Pet Supply).
Artists can submit more than one design. Submissions are due by March 31, 2017.
For more information on the requirements, you can click here.