South District Community Mural
COMMUNITY MURAL--Turn off of Highway 6 on to Broadway Street, down past the Casey's gas station, you've entered the South District Neighborhood of Iowa City. Going south, to your right you'll spot this wall, over 4,000 sq. ft., recently exposed after the South District Neighborhood Association lead a landscape clearing project last spring.
We are a new neighborhood association with big ideas! And, this spring we are working to raise $10,000 to create a very large community mural, for the people who live in this district--working class individuals and families, immigrants, refugees, retirees, low-income, community college and University of Iowa students, and more.
Additionally, the schools, organizations and businesses in the South District serve many at-risk populations--Grant Wood elementary school, Faith Academy, Archibald Alexander elementary school, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, The Dream Center, Shelter House, FUSE, HACAP, Four Oaks, Youth Emergency Shelter, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Parkview East Campus, The Kingdom Center and many more places that serve adults, children and families would greatly benefit from from exposure to art and gain empowerment through creating community art.
This mural will be outlined by a local South District resident and artist, Nick Meister, who has recently painted a mural in the downtown Iowa City area next to the public library. He is eager to collect community input to create initial concepts, paint the outline of the mural, and help guide community members--children and adults--to paint-by-number a mural for all!
A mural this size requires a lot of paint, materials, time, energy, planning and guidance. Thank you Nick for waiving a considerable amount of your fees to make this project possible.
Another big thank you goes out to Faith Academy, for donating such a large and perfectly situated space in a heavy foot and vehicle traffic area at a point of entrance into a neighborhood that is made up of residential population and commercial properties.
Now we need your help! Any size donation--$5? $10? $100? It all goes a long way in this effort. Please share with others who might also be interested in helping as well
For more about our South District Neighborhood Association please check out our facebook page and/or email us.