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Budding artists create mural

Sixth-graders from Boys and Girls Club spruce up United Way building

A real garden with an assortment of metal flowers, in foreground, frame a new butterfly garden mural and painters, from left, Maya Percich, Ryan Armstrong and Oliver Elphick, all 12 and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. The students were working on the mural Thursday at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court.

A real garden with an assortment of metal flowers, in foreground, frame a new butterfly garden mural and painters, from left, Maya Percich, Ryan Armstrong and Oliver Elphick, all 12 and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. The students were working on the mural Thursday at the United Way building, 2518 Ridge Court.

July 24, 2009

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United Way grounds gain garden

The United Way building in south Lawrence has a new garden to showcase. Enlarge video

The United Way building in south Lawrence has a new garden and mural that will please visitors year-round, thanks to some talented artists from the Boys and Girls Club.

Sixth-graders took on the artistic task a few weeks ago as part of a partnership with GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Douglas County AIDS Project.

“We talked to them about violence prevention and respect and identity and self-esteem, and that’s why the wall and the butterfly theme all kind of connects to what we’ve been talking about this summer,” explained Christie Dobson, GaDuGi outreach coordinator.

Artist and sixth-grader Tyler Cook thinks the mural will provide comfort to visitors at the building, 2518 Ridge Court. The artwork and garden are on the back side of the building.

“They’ll see that the people here that work here have a lot of passion, and they care a lot, just like the beauty of the paintings,” he said.

Dobson said GaDuGi hoped working with the children on artistic projects in Lawrence would encourage them to become responsible adult citizens in the future.

“Our mission is working together with the community to end all forms of sexual violence,” she said. “So that starts with bullying with little kids all the way up though sexual assault.”

Another mural participant, Maya Percich, said painting the piece has been a joy.

“It makes me feel good that I’m actually doing something for the community,” she said.

The mural, which features butterflies, flowers and a pair of ladybugs in love, is near completion, and the finishing brush strokes will be applied next week.

Comments

puddleglum 5 years, 4 months ago

I wish wal-mart would take over this new exciting market

Emily Hampton 5 years, 4 months ago

How could the United Way do their work without a building? This building also houses countless other non-profit agencies and costs close to nothing. Giving to the united way is well worth it.

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