The City of Council Bluffs is implementing a mural program along the newly constructed FIRST AVE trail. This project, administered by the City of Council Bluffs with generous financial support from the Iowa West Foundation, is set to transform the FIRST AVE corridor into a place of artistic expression.
The FIRST AVE trail, a demonstration of Council Bluffs' commitment to quality of life and recreational enhancement, will soon feature a series of murals. Four local artists, Danny Reyes, Betni Kalk, Weston Thomson, and Ilaamen Pelshaw, will transform four separate building walls into vibrant canvases. Locations include the trail-facing walls at 29 S. 21st Street, 3415 West Broadway, 15 S. 20th Street, and the Cochran Park-facing wall at 2200 2nd Avenue.
The City of Council Bluffs has served as a liaison between building owners, artists, and the Iowa West Foundation to bring these murals to life. All mural concepts have been designed and approved, the walls are prepped, and the art should be complete before winter.
Iowa West Foundation has been instrumental in constructing, developing, and activating the FIRST AVE corridor. The Iowa West Foundation's investment in this mural program underscores its dedication to enriching the cultural landscape of Council Bluffs. The FIRST AVE mural program is privately funded, ensuring no taxpayer dollars are utilized.
The murals will transform FIRST AVE into an artistic experience for trail users and they'll make great selfie spots!