* * * CASH PRIZES * * *

The Hart Project committee is excited to announce its first annual HartPrize Mural Contest!  The committee is now accepting design submissions from artists interested in painting a 4-ft x 4-ft mural to be displayed on an exterior wall in Downtown Hart. 

The purpose of this project is to promote local artists, encourage community involvement, and to beautify Hart with three murals that bring new life, authentic stories, and the arts to our growing community.  

​In addition to a cash prize for the 3 selected artists, a plaque will be placed next to the mural and each artist will be promoted on our social media channels, e-newsletter and press releases.  Limited Edition prints will be sold with proceeds going to The Hart Project.


​A selection committee will choose three mural designs from the submissions received.   Artists will be notified/announced, murals will be displayed downtown, and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite mural for a period of 30 days.  First place will be awarded $750, $500 for second place and $250 for third place plus $75 for supplies, based on the results of a 30-day public vote.


  • Design submissions due:     August 30
  • Top 3 artists announced:      September 1
  • Mural to be completed by:   September 29
  • Murals installed by:              September 30
  • Mural Reveal party:             October 1
  • ArtWalk:                               October 1
  • Public voting:                       Oct 1 – Nov 1
  • Winners announced:            November 3


  • Must be 4 feet wide x 4 feet tall – primed boards provided
  • Preference will be given to submissions that evoke an emotional connection with the viewer through design and narrative and honor the diversity and history of the area. 
  • The selection committee only requires a concept sketch for the initial design submission.
  • Designs can be abstract or lifelike
  • Must be “PG”- may not include nudity, foul language, or drug or alcohol references.
  • Designs will be painted directly on primed wood boards. 
  • Must be able to have mural painted by September 29, 2022
  • Voting will take place for one month beginning October 1, 2022.
  • Winner will be announced on November 3, 2022.
    • 1st Place   $750 + $75 gift card for supplies
    • 2nd Place  $500 + $75 gift card for supplies
    • 3rd Place   $250 + $75 gift card for supplies


  • The building owner and City of Hart retain rights to move the art at any time.
  • The mural will become the property of the City of Hart.
  • The Hart Project and City of Hart retain rights to use the artwork for poster sales and promotional material, both printed and digital.
  • If the mural needs repairs, the Hart Project and City of Hart will attempt to contact the original artist for input but may make repairs to individual murals.
  • Materials provided: primed, 4-ft x 4-ft board.

*Due date for the design is no later than Tuesday, August 31, 2022 at 9 PM

Learn More
Submit Sketch/Design

Music on the Commons TONIGHT | Plain Jane Glory 

This husband-wife duo is performing live at Hart Commons at the corner of Main and State Street on Hart Lake - FREE. Thursday concerts take place from 7-9 PM. Come early to enjoy a meal at one of our local eateries and visit the Makers Market from 5-8 PM. Bring your lawn chair or blanket.


West Michigan husband and wife duo specializing in heartfelt Neo-Folk/Americana music using a variety of instrumentation including vocal harmonies, violin/fiddle, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, and percussion to create a big sound for a duo.

11a-11p | Social District Open
5-8p | Makers Market
6-9p  |  Yard Games
7-9p | Music on the Commons | Plain Jane Glory

This year's music lineup is full of talent and variety (see full line-up HERE). 

Upcoming Events

Oceana County 151st Fair

  • August 17 to 20, 2022 – Carnival
    August 23 to 27, 2022 – Fair

Thursdays on Main | Hart, MI

34th Annual Hart Heritage Days
  • September 3 
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - open for tours, no dinner
  • September 4
  • 10:30 AM - Sunday Church Service at the Sackrider Church
  • 11:45 AM - Pork, chicken, sweet corn, slaw, potato, veggies, roll and dessert all for $15
  • 2:00 PM - Car raffle (1979 Cadillac Coupe- Beautiful car) get your tickets at the fair and at the district.

Hart Economic & Redevelopment Team
407 S. State St | Hart, MI  49420
(231) 923-0920 |

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