Get the paint brushes ready.


After being awarded a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Strategic Investment Program for New & Expanded Works, the city of Dodge City is looking to commission a mural at Eisenhower Park.


Once completed, the mural would be the final renovation project at the park.


"The Request for Proposals was recently published to begin the process of finding the artist that will bring the mural to life," said city public information officer Abbey Martin. "The City of Dodge City seeks to have the mural embody the name of the park and also the culture and heritage of the past and present story of Dodge City.


"Eisenhower Park plays a significant role in events hosted in the downtown area and visited by thousands of tourists and locals year-round. The addition of the mural will give locals and visitors one more reason to visit downtown."


The city will be looking for a candidate who possesses expertise for completing the project or to be part of the team to see the project through to completion.


The top proposals will be invited to interview once a selection panel reviews all submissions.


Members of the panel will include those who represent the City of Dodge City, Main Street Dodge City, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Public Art Commission and Dodge City stakeholders.


The application process is underway now through noon Sept. 23. Announcement of the candidate will be made on Oct. 2.


For more information on the project, contact Coral Lopez at 620-227-9501 or corall@dodgedev.org, or find the Call for Artist Request for Proposals at https://www.dodgecity.org/bids.aspx?bidID=420.


To contact the writer, email vmarshall@dodgeglobe.com.