Montpelier, Vermont is America's smallest, and most unique, state capitol. With a population of just 8,000, we have the soul of a small town but the thriving downtown of a community many times larger. It's the kind of place where you run into your friends and neighbors on your way to one of our two dozen independent restaurants and more than 40 independent retailers. Perhaps you are on a way to a show at one of two movie theaters, or our award-winning local theater company. Our historic downtown represents Vermont's largest National Register of Historic Places district, where perfectly preserved 19th century buildings sit beside the immaculate State House and historic 194-acre Hubbard Park. The icing on the cake? We're the only state capital without a McDonald's, and we're sure you won't miss it. We have recently embarked on a project to add more public art to Montpelier, like our flags over the North Branch River, and our mural in the 60 State Street parking lot. Public Art enlivens our streets and gives Montpelier even more unique sense of place. If we win, we are looking to create public art benches to adorn our downtown sidewalks. M shaped benches (M for Montpelier!) will mirror the Ms on our new wayfinding signage, and provide for opportunities for social connection. We will award commissions to artists to create a distinctly Montpelier scene on each bench.