Sibley, Iowa — The Sibley group who is trying to get a mural artist to come to town to paint a free mural has an update for us.

You may remember that we told you at the end of June that an effort, spearheaded by Darcee Schneidermann of Sibley was underway to win a contest sponsored by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. If they win the contest, they get a mural in town, painted by an area artist.

The group needed to make a 60-second video promoting the community, and they needed at least 500 people to vote for their video to continue, and when that part of the contest was finished, they had exceeded the goal.

Recently, the group found out where they were to go from here. Schneidermann tells us that their next assignment was a one-page essay explaining what “pride” means to the community and how the community supports small businesses. She says she was told that essays will be scored on creativity, passion and authenticity. The entry was submitted this week. She says a panel of judges will score Sibley’s video and essay and the highest-scoring community will win the mural.

But she reminds us, that even if they don’t win, she has what you might call a “Plan B.”


Schneidermann tells us they hope to put the mural on the west wall of Northwest Iowa Publishers on the southwest end of Main Street.
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First update, posted Jun 28, 2022
UPDATE: Schneidermann says at the last count, they had 550 votes, so they move on to the next round of the contest. They get their next assignment on July 6th.

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Original story, posted Jun 28, 2022 at 4:10 p.m.:

Sibley, Iowa — A Sibley resident has spearheaded an effort to win a contest and have a mural painted in the town.

Darcee Schneidermann tells us about it.

The contest is known as the COMMUnity Contest. She tells us how the contest works.

You can go to the Sibley Chamber Facebook page for a link to vote. Schneidermann tells us there are 26 other communities vying for the honor. She says if they don’t win the contest, she has a “Plan B,” you might say.

Schneidermann tells us they hope to put the mural on the west wall of Northwest Iowa Publishers on the southwest end of Main Street. She tells us Susan Sembeck, Ashley Ackerman, and Josh Earll are helping her with the effort. She says the video was submitted through the Sibley Chamber of Commerce since an individual can not submit one.

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