Murals take over several Dubuque buildings

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A team of artists from Florida are putting the finishing touches on two murals on the Capri College building in Dubuque.

Organizers say it’s part of a project that’s just getting started.

Last year, the group painted four murals on four different downtown buildings. This year, they're on pace to complete another 14 murals.
Artists painted two different murals on two sides of the Capri College building. Each have a cosmetology theme.

They are two of several murals that have recently popped up along Main Street.

The team from "Voices from Warehouse District" organized the mural projects. Besides their aesthetic appeal, the team says this public art has an economic impact.

"The main reason that we're doing this is to be able to retain talent around here and to draw more talent around here and to give people an interesting place to say 'I live in a groovy place.' and keep them here," said Voices Productions’ Gene Tully.

Funding for the murals came from a state match grant and from local business sponsors.