Every so often we are lucky and get to participate in something bigger than ourselves. We become wrapped up in a group, a community, or an idea. We are one tiny ripple in a pool of change.
For me, one such opportunity has come from Color Carlisle.
The Color Carlisle: Mural Project is an unincorporated group formed to address needs of focused attention on safety and building maintenance/upkeep as well as providing targeted measures for increased safety and awareness in various neighborhoods in Carlisle, PA. The goal, through a community art initiative, is to create sustainable living spaces by updating strategic locations with public art. Through the creation of public art, we can enrich the community’s presence while also enhance an individual’s personal health and positive mindset about their neighborhood.
In less formal terms, Color Carlisle is formed from a group of volunteers with connection to the town of Carlisle – teachers, parents, church members, professors, and more. In times of political and human strife, we hope to bring together the many and diverse communities of Carlisle. We will celebrate the beauty and diversity of our town through the creation of public art, more specifically murals. Murals will begin this fall with the first mural set to be completed in November 2017. Murals will reflect the people, communities, and heart of Carlisle and will be a true all hand-on deck effort with community fundraising and paint days.
Tonight was the kick-off for Color Carlisle with St. Paul’s summer block party. The energy was palpable. People from all walks of life came together to share a meal, play carnival games, create art, and pass conversation. We had everyone from basketball-playing elementary boys to affluent older community members. People from all corners of Carlisle were represented.
The highlight of the night was the actual creation of our mock murals. We started with 6 huge blank canvases.
With the help of Carlisle High School art teachers, those canvases slowly transformed as the night went on. It was a sight to see!
By the night’s end we had 6 completed canvases, 6 works of art, and one preview of the mural work that will be done on the walls of buildings throughout Carlisle. For now, these panels will be displayed at the high school where students are set to work on designing and creating our first mural, in empty store fronts throughout town, and at upcoming community festivals and events. I cannot wait to see what more will be created by the community of Carlisle. ❤
Learn more about Color Carlisle at https://www.facebook.com/carlislemural/
Follow us @Color Carlisle on Instagram
Donations can be made to the
Downtown Carlisle Association
c/o Greg Guenther, President – Color Carlisle
53 W. South Street
Carlisle, PA 17103
Make checks payable to Downtown Carlisle Association with a memo to Color Carlisle.
or to https://www.gofundme.com/color-carlisle/