Proposed Dundalk War of 1812 Mural Receives State Grant

Maryland State Arts Council gift will be used to maintain the mural once it's completed.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
A mural commissioned to celebrate Greater Dundalk's role in the War of 1812 has received a $4,500 public art project grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Dundalk Renaissance Corp., in partnership with several other organizations, is commissioning the mural that will overlook the historically-significant Battle Acre park, according to a statement from baltimore County officials.

The completed 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 on 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, according to the statement.

"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," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in the statement.

DRC is partnering with the greater Dundalk community, baltimore County government, the Baltimore County War of 1812 Bicentennial Advisory Committee and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences to bring the mural to life.

"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," Fran Taylor, chairman of the Baltimore County War of 1812 Advisory Committee, said in the statement.

The state public art grant will supplement Baltimore County grant funds and will be used for maintenance of the mural once it's completed, according to the statement.

Primary funding for the artwork is through a grant from the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.

The DRC will hold a community input meeting Oct. 22 so community members can learn more about the history of the Wart of 1812 in Dundalk. Potential mural artists will be introduced at the meeting to give them a chance to share their visions for their mural proposals.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church of Gray manor, 212 Oakwood Road.

The mural is expected to be completed in time for the Defenders Day celebration of Sept. 12, 2014, the 200th anniversary of the Battle of North Point, according to the statement.


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