PITTSBURG, Kan. — Artists in southeast Kansas are preparing to turn the walls of participating businesses into murals as part of a community art project.

The Joplin Globe reports that the Southeast Kansas Art Fest 2017 grant program covers half the cost of the project in Pittsburg, Kansas. The other half will be paid by businesses and patrons. SEK Art Fest is a nonprofit that funds community art projects to promote the arts in the region.

Organization spokeswoman Jenna Spencer says the items in the project get auctioned off, with the money used to help fund the grants. She says the cost of each mural depends on the detail and size, and will range from $750 to $3,000.

The group hopes to help fund 10 to 15 murals. Application deadline is Sept. 17.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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