A mural, a message, an opportunity to be a part of our community in new ways. A project that would bring people together to make a statement about who we are, our lives and our spirituality. This is what we envision as we begin. Georga Accola, Kathy Creutzburg and Sarah Lilly gathered at the wall, PSUMC’s 8th St. and Sixth avenue mural for the adventure of creating a new mural for our church community.
The church council awarded us a grant for the work and now the plans begin to take shape. Kathy is an artist who works in murals, mosaic and sculpture and has created work with Georga’s school and At-risk teens upstate.
She will work with our church community in workshops that first develop ideas for the mural and then help in it’s installation. Kathy will bring the ideas together in a design and guide us through the process. You can view some of her work at her blog http://kcreutzburg.blogspot.com/.
Georga and Kathy will lead workshops on Sundays this spring to involve our church community and Sunday dinner guests in the process. I am making connections with our youth and other youth in the area in a call for young people to contribute their ideas to the new mural,
First step: repair the wall and create a neutral surface to work from. This will require removing the existing mural, patching the wall and then putting on a “skim coat”. It looks like it’s a good time to do some regular maintenance on the wall, too. I’ll be talking with trustees on how to make that happen.
Meanwhile, I need to contact our youth and other youth groups in the area to see if we can get our surrounding community to have in put into the message of the mural. I would love your input or comments on the process.