This time lapse illustrates 7weeks/ roughly 1,130 cumulative hours volunteered by youth and community members working at the wall.
The mural itself celebrates Life and History of Rockland, the design synthesizing the themes of nature and love of landscape&home, food&art, education, resilience, maritime history, and diverse industries.
The mural arts work that I began doing in the RASA program with Sarah and RDMS youth, grew into a program that prepared students to be involved in the visioning, community engagement, concept, and creating community-based art (Arts in Action) at their school, the Rec. Center and for Hope Elephants.
As part of the community engagement phase, pre-design phase, Sarah and I travelled with a HUGE brainstorming clip board/blank canvas to the following locations in our community to connect with people:
The Rockland Rec. Center, The Rockland Farmer's Market, The Playground at the Rec, The Rockland Public Library, Camden National Bank & Sarah and I made a visit to Rockland Historical Society to meet with members of their board.
Then Sarah, Rene and I collaborated closely on the preliminary theme/ concepts of the mural content and I created the final design. Youth were invited to paint the mural itself and contributed some drawing that was added into the design of the mural.
Thank you to:
Youth and Adult Artists who volunteered their talents
Rockland Rec Center, City Parks and Recreation
RSU 13 Adult and Community Ed (RASA/ Arts in Action)
Rockland Historical Society & Arts in Rockland