A muralist is in Joplin, meeting with the community, planning a mural for our city and he asked a group of my students to draw what they wanted to see in the mural, to draw their vision of Joplin.
The teenagers had trouble coming up with ideas because before the tornado, Joplin was pretty boring...and since the tornado, everything that we used to take for granted is so much more precious.
We drew a sketch for our mural and put a big drive-in screen, with cars from every decade parked in front...and a playground with children who could see 'butterfly men' fluttering around them.
Our sketch had lots of trees, and somewhere in the design, we wanted people wading in a creek, catching crawdads. We thought it was important for the mural to show downtown and discussed how much of the mural should be devoted to the tornado. The students agreed that they wanted it to show happy people in Joplin.
Midwest Art Alliance to bring art to small comunties....sharing a bit about what they do and also showing us example of other murals they have done. The more I learn about Dave, and what he has done in other communities, I am so impressed and excited about the mural.
This project is going to be amazing, I cannot wait to see what Dave and his team come up with for Joplin. To follow their progress and read about what the are doing around town, you can follow the blog here: http://joplincommunityartproject.blogspot.com/
Art Lounge students made a list of words to describe how people in
Joplin felt after the tornado. The students, aged 10-16 selected some of
the positive words and some of the negative words from the list to
include in the mural around a central figure. The figure in the center
was left faceless so that viewers can picture the faces of those who
helped them after the storm. The figure represents neighbor helping
neighbor to cleanup and rebuild.
The mural was created on a blue
tarp, which represents the new, yet temporary landscape of the city.
The acrylic paint will eventually peel and chip off the surface, just as
the blue tarps will be replaced with shingles and new roofs.
I plan to photograph the Joplin mural project while it is in progress so watch my blog for future updates.
What would your vision for the mural be? What would you include in a mural about Joplin?