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City of Hart Awarded $10k for Art Sculpture to "Put Your Town on the Map"

Updated: May 24, 2022

Hart, MI - The City of Hart is thrilled to announce that the panel of judges from the Consumers Energy Foundation and the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) placed the City of Hart in the top three at the Put Your Town on the Map pitch competition.

"It was such an honor to be selected from over 100 communities that applied for this opportunity," stated Nichole Kleiner, Hart Economic & Community Development Director.

The City of Hart was one of nine finalists chosen to present their idea at the rural develop development conference. Hart's pitch was to "put the art in Hart", an initiative that has gained momentum around the community. Specifically, Hart pitched to kick things off by commissioning Bill Secunda, a five-time Art Prize artist/sculptor, to build a 24-ft tin man sculpture holding a huge heart to be installed in Downtown Hart.

The idea was well received by the panel of judges resulting in a third place award in the amount of $10,000.

The Put Your Town on the Map competition aims to reward original ideas that attract visitors to downtowns, focus on housing, education or employment, create community pride and more.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan — its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2021, the Consumers Energy Foundation,

Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed over $17.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information, visit

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.8 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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