As a giant mural highlighting Woodstock’s entertainment credentials moves forward, organizers are hoping for more donors to support the project.
The 118-foot mural, planned for a walkway on Main Street adjacent to Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre, will feature characters both real and imaginary with ties to Woodstock, including Orson Welles, Dick Tracy, the cast of “Groundhog Day” and celebrities who trod the boards at the Opera House.
The mural by Rockford artist Mark Adamany is being funded through donations. Organizers hope to eventually raise $100,000 for the entire project — including a sculpture garden, a kiosk, archways leading into the walkway and an endowment to cover future maintenance — but right now, they’re focused on the first phase: the mural and an educational video about the project being created by local production company Ahoj Productions.
Terry Willcockson, the city of Woodstock’s grant writer, said organizers are about $7,000 away from fully funding the first phase. Finishing the sculpture garden and the archway for the second phase of the project will cost another $18,000. Organizers hope to fund that phase quickly, too.
“If we get to [the second phase], that would be awesome,” Willcockson said. “But if we don’t get to it by the end of summer, we’ll still have a big reveal.”
The mural committee is accepting business sponsorships as well as individual donations and memorial dedications, Willcockson said. There are five levels of support, ranging from $10,000 and above down to $100 and in-kind contributions. Sponsors and donors who give at least $100 will have their names inscribed on a plaque near the mural.
Several companies have committed to the “Producer” level of support, at $10,000 or above, Willcockson said. The project also received a $20,000 grant from the McHenry County Community Foundation.
Painting on the mural is set to begin this week, according to Willcockson. Organizers hope to unveil it at the end of the summer.
To donate, make checks payable to Friends of the Opera House/Mural Fund, BMO Harris Bank, 225 W. Jackson St., Woodstock. For information, call Willcockson at 815-338-4300.