Last week was a huge week for the Roc Paint Division team! We hit the ground running at both the Campbell Street and Sinkler R-Centers on not one or even two, but three new murals. It feels great to be working in the centers – we’ve been holed up working away in our Marketview Lodge headquarters since the program started, and getting to share our skills and visions right in the community is a refreshing change. Two of the three projects are outside, and we are extremely grateful that the weather has been not only cooperative, but beautiful each day that we’ve worked outside!
Our team is joined by two amazing guest lead artists- Rachel Farley at the Sinkler R-Center, and fellow Wall/Therapy alum Brittany Williams at Campbell Street. Later this week we will do a feature on these two fantastic ladies, but for now, we wanted to share some progress shots with you- we are so thrilled at how well and how quickly things are moving along!
Check out the progress from the beginning of the day Wednesday…. Campbell Street- inside, in the game room
Campbell Street- outside at the entrance
Sinkler- electrical box in the garden
To the end of the day Thursday:
Campbell Street inside Campbell Street outside
One of the biggest differences in working at the R-Centers is the active, enthusiastic audience- the kids that attend the Centers, Campbell in particular, have been very excited and inquisitive about the project. Its been important to us from the very beginning for them to feel involved in the process- after all, its their rec center, not ours! Before we started painting, we came in to meet the kids, and did an activity to get their input on what might to see on their walls. (We’ll be talking more about that on here soon, too!) In the meantime, we’ve also planned art activities for the kids when we are there painting so that they can part of the excitement and creative process too. Currently, they are working on creating as many paper butterflies as they can, which will be hung up to go along with the finished mural later this week.
Justin shares more about the process with some of the most enthusiastic girls at Campbell.
Dezmir is a natural, and a huge hit with the kids, at leading the arts and crafts station.
Getting to help document the mural’s progress has been a favorite perk for many of the center kids.
The kids are- not surprisingly- especially interested in the spray paint.
We’ll be back by the end of the week with more updates – everything is happening so quickly that we might even be done by then! – but for now, we’ll leave you with some more progress shots. We’re so proud of each and every member of this team for all their hard work and how quickly they’ve blossomed into mural artists who are looked up to by the kids and community around them.