Get Involved! A Painted Conversation: Cayo Community Mural Project
Over the past several months artists, educators and students from Galen University have been working with the community and school district in the town of San Ignacio, Belize to conceive, design and install a community mural.
This fundraising campaign is to raise $$$$ to buy and transport additional mural paint and supplies for a 144 foot long community mural/mosaic project to be completed this summer in the Cayo District of Belize. Any Additional funds raised will go towards other budgetary needs. I will be donating $5000 worth of paint, brushes and mosaic glass to the project but we still need to buy some additional colors from Nova Paint, the pellon fabric that we paint on, Matte medium, brushes and Nova gel for attaching the panels. Josephs Freight has agreed to ship all supplies free of charge from Chicago to Belize, but I must buy and transport these supplies to Chicago by April 28th. Providing HIGH QUALITY mural art supplies for a community mural in Belize is the goal of this fundraiser.
From conception to execution, publicity to painting- students, teachers, artists and community participants from the San Ignacio area will be involved in the development and artistic implementation of the project. The communities feedback will be integrated into the final design of the mural, giving voice to the participants. A Painted Conversation multi-media collaborative mural will express a positive and uplifting message. Our hope is to create a collective vision through an investigation into the assets of the community. The mural will integrate mosaic, painting and possible 3D elements in a final artwork that will integrate the community’s ideas to beautify and bring meaning to San Ignacio for many decades to come.
There are many reasons to support A Painted Conversation. Because of the high level of participation that we have seen during past projects, your business will receive a good deal of attention. Hundreds of individuals, young and old, from every part of the community and even the world are coming together to support this undertaking. The wall will be transformed, inspiring a sense of pride and place in those who view it long after the painting sessions have concluded and the mural is installed.
This endeavor is part of my dissertation research at the Pennsylvania State University. By contributing to this project you are also supporting significant research in art education, which focuses on ways that community-based artistic processes create positive and productive relationships, as well as an environment that encourages civic engagement and public discourse.
Check out this video of one of my past community-based art projects
The successful completion of this mural will require a great deal of work and the participation of many individuals. The total estimated budget is $25,000, which includes various forms of in-kind support. We have pursued sponsors of all types from Belize (financial, supplies, studio space, shipping, printing, artist fees, artist accommodations, travel/transportation, volunteers, etc.) and have secured some of this needed support. My hope is that you or your business will consider supporting this worthwhile project and help us get the HIGH QUALITY supplies needed to Belize so we can begin painting in May. Any additional funds raised will go towards the overall budget for this mural. Your donation is key to the success of this project. Community-based art processes are built upon the strength and connections of participants. Investing in the common life of a community, which unites members to achieve mutual respect and shared responsibility, is beneficial for all involved.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge for this project is to secure funding by April 14th so we may complete the painting and installation of the mural over a two month period. The time line is very tight but the students are currently working hard to generate ideas from the community. A digital design will be created that will make this process much easier and allow more people to participate. Luckily Mr. Abel Flores (architect /contractor), Mr. Lizarraga (donating 35 bags of cement for plastering) and the town council in Belize are helping to get the wall plastered and primed so we can begin painting in May. The Anglican church his providing us with a studio to paint right across from the location and community members are helping to find me housing during my stay. I have also put in a request to Avainca airlines to help sponsor my travel. If we keep getting the support we need then this project will happen within the time constraints. Your help is needed!
“Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” -Pablo Freire, Brazilian educator.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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