The project first started when Clarkdale art teacher, Beth Morris, reached out to Paint Love. She saw the blank, 250 foot wall and knew it had the potential to be the canvas of a great work of art. Beth was instrumental in organizing our workdays and making sure each student had the chance to contribute to the mural. We are also so grateful for the support of principle Liss Maynard, who welcomed us into the community and offered insight into what makes Clarkdale unique.
Our fantastic volunteer team was also key to making the mural a success. Volunteers Tina Stoffel, Yesha Shah, and Aaron Davis, as well as two enthusiastic teams of college students working with the organization Break Away, all came out to help. We were also joined by Paint Love Artist Mandy Goodwin and interns Jane Johnson and Colette Blackmon. Thank you so much to everyone who was a part of this project!
We couldn’t be happier with how the mural turned out. It is beautiful, expressive, and multifaceted - a great addition to the vibrant Clarkdale community. Check out this video too see it in its entirety:
At the end of our final day working with students, one little boy looked back at the mural and said, “Look what we did!” His joy and sense of accomplishment were truly memorable and remind us of the valuable impact projects like this have on the kids we serve. We can’t wait to hear how all the students react when they see the finished product in the fall.