Mural Program

Color the County

Our Color the County is an artful collaboration that connects people who care with causes that matter. And in this case, what matters is improving the cultural fabric of our community through public art.

The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) launched the countywide mural program in 2016 to celebrate our Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. Coloring the county was the perfect way to party and the mural program was our gift to the community.

We developed the initiative to live on through future artistic efforts, and our goal is now a reality. Each year we invite local artists to participate in a design competition and the designs are brought to life through Community Painting Days. 

Want to visit all our Color the County murals? Check out their locations on the map below:

Mural Trail Map   

Color the County Mural Program Bargersville 2020

Learn more about THE ARTISTS 

Color the County mural program
Mural support provided by

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  • Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation
  • Indiana Arts Commission

2021 Mural Program

The Color the County Mural Program has selected Leah Pinney’s mural design for the 2021 mural location! Pinney is a graphic designer out of Indianapolis and an experienced mural artist.

2021 mural design and artist

JCCF thanks everyone who helped bring the mural to life at our Community Painting Day. After final touches are completed, we will share photos of the masterpiece!

About the location:

McCarty Mulch & Stone History

McCarty Mulch & Stone Inc. was established in 1994 by Josh McCarty with a pickup truck and an idea to deliver mulch to a few close friends, neighbors, and family. Josh then worked alongside his grandfather, father and brother in the farm fields of the family farm operation. The McCarty family consists of six generations of Johnson County farmers.

What started as a Saturday afternoon project when not busy working on the farm quickly became a full-time occupation. This newfound mulch hobby, serving a the suburbs of Indianapolis, continued to expand and grow.

In the beginning, the “mulch farm” was located on an old five-acre dairy farm on the corner of SR 37 and Olive Branch Rd., owned by Josh’s dad. The old dairy silo is still visible today. Only hardwood mulch was sold and delivered for the first several years, with a homemade plywood sign that read “Mulch” and a phone number. Mulch was loaded with Grandpa McCarty’s old 1960’s era John Deere 4020 tractor.

In August of 2004, the business moved about a mile up the road to its present location on Bluffdale Drive, west of SR 37 between Smith Valley and Fairview Roads. The product line was expanded to include all types of landscape supplies with over 75 products including mulches, decorative rock, boulders, gravel, topsoil, compost, and sand in bulk and packaged form. Most of the mulches are now produced, manufactured, and colored at the 55-acre Greenwood site.

Learn more about McCarty Mulch & Stone here.

2020 Mural

Bargersville was the location of our 2020 Color the County Mural Program. See photos from the Community Painting Day here.

2020 Bargersville Color the County mural

89 S. Baldwin Street, Taxman Brewing Co., • Artist Stacie Drane

2019 Murals

In 2019, our Color the County Mural Program added murals in Franklin and Trafalgar. See photos from the Franklin and Trafalgar Community Painting Days.

2019 Color the County Franklin mural

249 S. Main Street, Richards Brick Oven Pizza • Artist Shannon McKeon

2019 Trafalgar mural

800 S. Indian Creek Drive • Artists: Creative Council of Franklin Artists including Chrissy Robertson, Meredith Pierson, Patrick Tisdale, and Elissa McKee

2018 Murals

Our Color the County Mural Program added murals in Franklin and Edinburgh in 2018. See photos from the Franklin and Edinburgh Community Painting Days.

S Main bridge underpass mural

South Main Street Bridge Underpass • Artist Erin Davis

Edinburgh mural 2018

100/102 East Main Cross Street • Artist Andrea Light

2017 Murals

In 2017, our Color the County Mural Program added murals in Franklin and Whiteland. See photos from the Franklin and Whiteland Community Painting Days.

Color the County Franklin mural 2017

 315 E. Jefferson Street • Artist Danny Causey

2017 Whiteland mural

530 Main Street • Artist Dave Windisch

2016 Color the County Launch

JCCF identified three mural-worthy locations in Bargersville, Franklin and Greenwood, invited local artists to participate in a design competition and brought the designs to life through Community Painting Days. Color the County engaged the community in a beautification event for all ages, decorated our communities and set the stage for future mural-making efforts. If you want to see how much fun you can have, view the 2016 Color the County slide show.

2016 Bargersville mural

10 S. Baldwin Street • Artist Amber Berninger

2016 Franklin mural

86 W. Court Street • Artist Gordon Strain

2016 Greenwood mural

189 W. Main Street • Artist Amy Hommel

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Support for the 2017-2020 murals provided by Indiana Arts Commission.

Contact JCCF today.

Email: Kim Minton, Vice President of Development | Call: 317-738-2213

Arts and Culture initiatives add to the quality of life in our community. 

A special thanks to our Platinum Community Partners!

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