Where’s your town’s future mural?

Historic mural with cows, a barn and a windmill

I’m not saying you can’t have historical murals. I’m just saying you can have future murals, too. Photo by Becky McCray, from Kingfisher, Oklahoma.

Every town needs a future mural, or a series of them.

Seems like every small town has a history-themed mural, but very few have a future-themed or even modern-style mural.

Many towns use old photos as displays, including in empty buildings. They do get people talking about what you used to have. But how are you engaging people in talking about what you will become? 

If every single display depicts the past, who is showing the future?

For every historic image, do a one-to-one match with a future image.

We spend enough time reminding people our town has a past. We don’t spend enough time reminding people our town has a future.

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About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.

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