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CREATING AN AVENUE TO EXPRESS LOVE
SecondFirst Church with Jeremiah Development is partnering with community mural artist Tia Richardson and Rockford residents to paint a 1,000 sq ft mural on the outside wall of the church gymnasium.
"SecondFirst Church invites all of Rockford to participate in this community healing art. Let's come together to imagine a future of hope, peace and equity, and have that reflected on the west facing wall. Built for the community, inside the gym hosts events that draw every type of Rockford person. Now let's put that spirit on the wall outside to inspire generations to come!" Rev. Rebecca White-Newgren, SecondFirst Church, Rockford, IL
We want to give people a chance to beautify their community in a fun, hands-on way. In creative workshops, Tia offers people the chance to express what challenges are important to them, ways of improving them, and imagine a better future. The design is made with these ideas. Then everyone can be part of history by 'painting-by-numbers'! All can join the experience - no art skills needed!
Below you'll learn:
- The Mural Process
- About the Artist
- About SecondFirst Church and Jeremiah Development
THE MURAL PROCESS
The power of this community mural is its ability to show many perspectives at once. How does this work when everyone's perspective is different?
1 : COMMUNITY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
The first step: Everyone has the chance to acknowledge some community challenges they feel need to be better. Second, what are some choices anyone can make or already making to help improve those challenges? Third - imagine how the community's future looks as a result. What do we want to see and feel?
It's like we're making a pot of community soup. Each member is an ingredient and chooses the flavor they want to add. As the sous chef or lead artist, the flavors come together in the artists' final design.
2 : DESIGN REVEAL
The artist spends a few weeks turning workshop ingredients into a design that honors the spirit of moving forward. Sketches from the workshop are reworked into a realistic style.
After approval from project stakeholders including SecondFirst Church and City Council, a public design reveal offers community members the chance to see how their ideas fit into the design and give feedback if needed. This is an important part of the process.
3 : EVERYONE BRINGS IT TO LIFE - ALL AGES, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED!
The public gets to help 'paint-by-numbers'! This gives the mural a solid coat of paint. Community painting is done on separate panels during scheduled days. Then Tia adds finishing touches to give it a professional look. The panels are installed to look like a seamless surface. After installation we celebrate the communal effort in bringing this to life!
4 : THESE TWO ARTICLES HIGHLIGHT COMMUNITY IMPACT OF TIA'S MURALS - Click to Read!
Choose from individual rewards like mural art prints or packages that include creative experiences. Kickstarter gives backers the flexibility to make a pledge in any amount for any reward as long as it meets the minimum for that level. All donations are tax-deductible. Backers will receive a receipt from SecondFirst Church. Business and organizational sponsors will be acknowledged on posters displayed during the project's public events.
MURAL ART PRINTS -- Prints of some of Tia's past community murals are available in small, medium and large sizes. Click for closeups!
Every backer pledging $50 or above gets a pass to a film screening and Q&A in Rockford or virtual screening at a scheduled date announced if project is backed. Workshops are led by Tia for any backer who wants a creative experience as an individual or in a group setting. All take place in Rockford except the Mural Tour.
Film Screening: Sherman Park Rising & Q&A (1hr) -- This documentary short shows how, after tragedy and unrest, many people in a Milwaukee neighborhood find a way to express their feelings through a community mural. Runtime: 25min See trailer below:
Therapeutic painting (2hrs) -- In this creative workshop, individuals use the free movement of colors to discover something new about themselves. No experience needed! Max. group size: 10
Two Part Mini-Mural workshop (4hrs total) -- Part I: We'll do a group workshop for a mini-mural about Challenges, Choices and Future. Part II: The ingredients created in Part I are used to design and paint a small mural on a vinyl banner. Great for artists wanting to learn Tia's method, or any backer wanting a creative way to build community. No experience needed! Max group size: 25
Mural Tour guided by Tia in her hometown, Milwaukee, WI -- Meet in Milwaukee and visit four murals on the north, east and south sides of the city. Tour will include Sherman Park Rising and the Rebirthing of the Earth Mother and lunch! Complete list of stops will be provided to backers, if project is successfully funded.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tia has completed more than 40 public murals since 2007, working collaboratively with schools, businesses and non-profits. As an educator Tia has served K4-high school students as an artist-in-residence. In 2018 she was named Artist of the Year by the Milwaukee Arts Board. This video gives a closer look at the work. Visit her website at www.cosmic-butterfly.com
ABOUT SECONDFIRST CHURCH & JEREMIAH DEVELOPMENT
Nestled into the Westside of downtown Rockford in the midst of great beauty and need, SecondFirst Church seeks to love, know and worship God by welcoming all people, serving our neighbors and sharing God’s Grace. https://www.secondfirst.org
Jeremiah Development supports the Coronado Haskell Neighborhood and the greater Rockford area by facilitating access to services and programs for its residents and responding to the needs brought forth by those working and living in the Neighborhood. They engage volunteers from throughout the Rockford region to use their skills and talents to improve the wellbeing of the Neighborhood. https://jeremiahdevelopment.org
The process of community input, design approval and painting the mural happens during eight weeks. If this project is backed successfully we can begin as early as October 2019.
This 1,000 sq ft community mural project is expected to have more than 300 people involved in different phases of creation over a period of six to eight weeks. The costs associated with materials, labor and production are based on similar projects of this size and scope completed by Tia in the past.
- SecondFirst Church/Jeremiah Development project planning and development
- OmegaBond panels for painting the mural, a tried and true aluminum composite panel. More durable than wood or plywood, it resists weathering, moisture, will not rust, Class A fire rating, lasts a lifetime. Actual vendor differs, however these are actual material specs: https://www.laminatorsinc.com/sign-panels/products/omega-bond-premium
- NovaColor professional artists acrylic paint, Liquitex Soluvar varnish to cover 3,000 sq ft. Mural needs 3 coats varnish including acrylic and solvent-based anti-grafitti varnish. https://novacolorpaint.com
- Artists paintbrushes, materials and supplies for participation from kids to adults
- Materials and supplies, associated expenses for community engagement workshops
- Professional artist labor - workshop facilitation, research, mural design and production, varnishing
- Rewards production costs and shipping (Art prints are ordered, fulfilled and shipped using fineartamerica.com)
Risks and challenges
To manage number of participants, community workshops will be announced using a first-come, first-served registration process. Workshops will be limited to 25 people each. To include participation from diverse sectors and areas of Rockford, a number of slots will be available for signup from anyone on the north, south, east and west sides. For community painting, it will happen at SecondFirst Church outside or in the gymnasium if inclement weather. It will be a drop-in public event, and the kickstarter covers enough materials for several hundred people. Supervised by the artist and trained volunteers, they are ready to hand out specific colors and show newcomers exactly where to paint. Painting is made accessible to anyone by laying the panels flat on tables or on the ground. All materials, labor, and volunteer training has been done using the same method for past projects named in the artists portfolio.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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