….The project planning started in earnest in February of 2015. Part of what made 352walls a smooth process was Kanishcheva’s preparedness. She came in with a proposed budget and a list of benefits beyond cool art. Urban art helps stimulate cultural development in cities around the world, it stimulates local economies and even brings art tourism. The city bought in, and a host of sponsors including The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, Visit Gainesville Tourism Development Office, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency, the Gainesville-Alachua County Art in Public Places Trust, and the state’s Division of Cultural Affairs and Council on the Arts and Culture, who rallied to put together a budget of $125,000. But, the hard part was yet to come: finding artists….
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