The newest mural in Manhattan is located in the heart of Aggieville. Every year more murals can be seen throughout Manhattan, Kansas. Jeff Wick, CEO of WTC Fiber says, ” It is my vision to see murals all over Manhattan.” His vision is coming true. There are now over 30 murals that can be found throughout the city of Manhattan.
Jeff Sackrider, Manhattan Market Manager for WTC, is a founding member of Incite MHK, an organization that helps find donors willing to fund murals and organizations willing to donate property for murals to live on all throughout Manhattan. Brett Allred, owner of Johnny Kaw’s donated his wall to house the Aggieville mural. A local artist from Junction City, Mindy Allen from Mindy’s Murals was the artist behind this masterpiece.
On September 13, 2023 “This is Wildcat Country” was unveiled in Aggieville to be admired by many. The mural illustrates Willie the Wildcat outside of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The main logo of the mural is the current Kansas State University logo of the Powercat, but above that logo are the past logos of Kansas State. “I really wanted to be able to get the older Willie the Wildcats in there because I felt like if it was going to be something that people were wanting as a photo opportunity then I wanted it to be able to apply to everybody from years past alumni and everybody and so I wanted them to be able to look at it and say that was the wildcat when I was in school.” said Allen.
BHS Construction donated a lift for Mindy to use while working on the Mural. Jeff Sackrider expressed his gratitude, “Whenever I am in need of a lift Patrick (BHS President) just says to me ‘Tell me when and where and I will have it there.’ Thank you, Patrick, for always telling me yes.” A huge thank you goes out to all the donors, artists and owners for making this piece of art possible. BHS Construction is proud to donate to this project and support the arts in our community.