If you have made it to our blog, you know that in 2009 Viva Cuba launched a new website cubamomurals.com. We hope you have taken the time to look over our site and signed up for our future email newsletter. And if you haven’t already, come see us in Cuba. Below is the official news release about our site.
It’s ready for visitors and the welcome mat is out.
Viva Cuba, a beautification organization founded in 1984, in Cuba’s “Route 66 Mural City” is pleased to unveil its new website http://www.cubamomurals.com.
The group decided to start from scratch rather than redesign the old website. For the new site, the group turned to web designer Lisa Hoover of Delrio Design.
The site’s design showcases both the town’s artwork and history and offers a way to communicate with visitors and the media. This site allows Viva Cuba members a more “hands-on” means of controlling the site and keeping it current. Several new features make the site more informative and interactive.
*Signup for future email newsletters lets the group share information about its beautification projects and events in a timely manner.
*An events section highlights upcoming Viva Cuba projects.
*A blog link with a comment feature offers an inside look at Cuba’s history, art, and events. A comment feature makes the site more interactive and allows the group to hear from visitors.
*Video clips from KSDK’s Show Me St. Louis and KETC’s Living St. Louis TV shows provide viewers a glimpse of Cuba’s murals .
*An Ozarks Mountaineer article takes a comprehensive look at Cuba’s murals and their influence on the town.
Because of Cuba’s location on Route 66 and Interstate 44 and its various attractions, the town draws many visitors, both foreign and domestic, to its murals. The new website is a way for visitors to find out more about our town, both before and after visiting Cuba. Cuba citizens may also find some of the background stories behind the murals of interest.
Viva Cuba was the first Adopt-A-Highway project in the state of MO. In 2001, the group began a project to commission 12 outdoor murals by 2007, the town’s sesquicentennial.
In the 1990s, the group purchased a small piece of neglected property at the intersection of Hwy. 19 and Historic Route 66, which was later transformed into Viva Cuba Garden. In 2007 and 2008, the property was re-landscaped and a train replica, fabricated by Glen and Curtis Tutterrow, took its place on a decorative brick wall. Missouri artist Julie Wiegand painted the nearby traffic control boxes with a vintage scene called “Waiting for the Train.”
For information on the group’s October Trolley Tours and Chili-Fest, its May Chair-i-table Auction, other projects, and a town where art meets history, visit www.cubamomurals.com and use its interactive features so that we can stay in touch.