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Harper, Kan. – Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WEC) announced today that The Arts Center, Inc. has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the WEC Sharing Success Fund.

The Arts Center, Inc. will be using the grant to help fund the “Come Grow with Us” mural planned for 115 East 10th Street in Harper. The City of Harper has been hoping to transform this blank wall adjacent to the downtown green space for several years. Local artist Isaac Shue and director of The Arts Center Juliana Whisman chose artist Christian Stanley for this high-visibility project.

C. Stanley is a muralist out of Orlando, Fla. who has a bold, vibrant style. The mural will don the City of Harper slogan “Come Grow with Us” and feature things prominent to the area including sunflowers, wheat, and cotton. The mural will be painted this fall in conjunction with the Red Fish Festival, celebrating Harper on the first weekend in October.

The Arts Center, Inc. is a grassroots non-profit community arts center serving all of Harper County. It originated from the brainstorming of three moms who shared the passion of wanting to provide art opportunities for their children and others in the area.

Today, the mission of The Arts Center is to “provide education and exposure to the arts to the entire community by providing spaces and programs that teach and inspire creativity.”

If you are interested in helping with the mural project or would like to find out more information, visit or call 620-322-7009.

The Scott Community Foundation began formally accepting applications for grants from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund from community-based organizations on December 1, 2012. WEC and CoBank have each contributed $10,000 this again year to the fund. The program will continue to run until the funds are exhausted. Since 2012, the Sharing Success Fund has made $145,000 available to community-based organizations and projects across WEC’s service territory.

Community based organizations interested in receiving funding from the Wheatland Electric Sharing Success Fund can apply online. Questions should be referred to Alli Conine, Director of Member Services & Corporate Communications, at 620-874-4563 or

Arts Center in Harper
Wheatland Electric Cooperative presents a $1,000 Sharing Success grant to The Arts Center, Inc. to be used toward funding the “Come Grow with Us” mural to be painted at 118 East 10th Street in Harper during the Red Fish Festival the first weekend in October. Picture from left to right are Mary Hoisington, Wheatland Electric member services and key accounts manager, Juliana Whisman, The Arts Center director, and Jan Misak, mural project committee member.
Draft Mural Harper Christian Stanley
First draft mural rendering by Orlando, Fla. artist Christian Stanley. The mural is to be painted on the west side of 118 East 10th Street during the Red Fish Festival and will wrap around the southwest corner of the building.