BEYOND WORDS – A MURAL AT PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY

BEYOND WORDS – A MURAL AT PRESCOTT PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Not just a mural, but an adventure!

The Prescott Public Library mural “Beyond Words” began in January 2008 and took place throughout the summer of 2009. It is located at the South entrance of the library and celebrates the passage of free knowledge to the public.

Over the course of the project, the community was drawn into the “mural process,” a democratic method of placing public art. On the journey from conception to completion, the community has taken part in shaping the vision and content of the mural.The mural process takes a little extra time, but the result is art of enduring value and a landmark reflecting our heritage and community spirit.

Thank you to the 800 Prescott folk who dedicated their time to placing the “Beyond Words” mural in downtown Prescott.

 

Fishing for Feedback

THE MURAL PROCESS

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A public survey Began in January and ran through the end of April 2008. The survey asked some very personal questions about the role libraries play in our daily lives.

 It was our intention to conduct a mural project that complimented the mission of the Library by creating a community focal point for the discovery of art and ideas.

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The Questions

1. Public libraries are guardians of our rights and liberties. Described as the “peoples university,” a library serves as a resource for citizens in a free democracy.Why are libraries so important to humans/ community/ society/ democracy/ country?

2. What can libraries do to safeguard a free society?

3. What does free thought, free speech, and free press mean to you?

4. When we walk though the doors of a library we are exposed to the spectrum of human knowledge and opinions. What are your thoughts about the “marketplace of ideas”? What ideas have influenced you? Have any ideas, artists, thinkers, local or global sculpted your way of life or that of entire cultures?

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The Think Tanks took place once a week in the Althea Room at Prescott Public Library. Nearly 25 helpful mice appeared at one meeting which included Mayor Jack Wilson. Extremely long lists were compiled as participants were encouraged to shout out an unfiltered stream of ideas to the mice writing on the board. Mind Mazes were made to help us connect the important ideas into a formula for the designing phase.

 

Research and Development
 

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Research took place in February and March 2008.

Civic minded mice along with Library Director Toni Kaus and Friends of the Library Chairman John Dansforth pitched in to review the survey entries. They would discuss the brainstorm material and propose new ideas for the mural. Each mouse chose a list of interesting subjects to research at home. The group would meet once a week to preview one anothers research.,

There were many exciting discoveries made about the world we live in.

 

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Front left to right- Katie Nelson, R.E. Wall, and Margaret Dewar. Rear left to right- Dana Cohn, Tom Von Deck, Jeri Smith Fornara, Mary Schulte, and Al Robinson.

Hardy, headstrong, and true to the cause. These are someof the Mighty Mice who stuck it out through a dozen meetings and left us with a 7 inch stack of research for the best of all murals to be placed at the library.

 

 

Designing

Maggie and R worked furiously on the Mural beyond Words designs.

Two designs would be placed on display, but only one design would win the election.

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Once a week for one month, the Mice designed the mural at the entrance of the library. This allowed them to show the latest designs and to harvest suggestions from the community.

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The designs were colored late at night on the big tables at Denny’s

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Mural Election

 The PPL Mural election took place from July 2nd-12th, 2008

The community had the choice between two designs. Both designs contained roughly the same information with variations on how to tell the story.  Both designs contained two dozen relatively obscure heroes who have contributed to the Prescott legacy.

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During the 10 day election, nearly 250 people contributed to the final decision.

The poles were taken to City Hall where the City Council cast their votes for their favorite design.

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Mouse Hatter Tea Party and Wall Blessing
 

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Painting the mural “Beyond Words”; Chapter One Part 1

The first painting days at PPL

Wall Prep and outlines prepare the 1000 square foot canvas

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Project directors R.E. Wall and Margaret dewar

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First Painting day; July 24th, 2008

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Kevin and Karli Simmons set off on a history lesson

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Mural Mice To The rescue!

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The Sugar Shaman came out to lend a hand and some color

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The Girl Scouts came in too!

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Lets hear it for the Girl Scouts of Prescott!

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Dedicated!

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Painting took place on some very warm afternoons in August

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Dana Cohn places his first contribution to the murals “Annie’ the Mt. Lion

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Maggies Dragon

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Mural Mice Knights

Summer 2008

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Placing the Mosaic Maiden

The Mosaic Maiden

Began September 13th, 2008

 

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One way to purify a thing is by fire.

Fire is a symbol for wisdom and it is a great teacher.

 

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Another way to purify is by water. Everyone drinks water. We clean ourselves with it and need it for medicine. Living in a desert, we depend on water to live. Water is also a symbol for knowledge.

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The Bible says that those who drink from the Water of Life will never die. By this is meant that just as the physical draws from material water, the soul draws from the spiritual water, which is knowledge.

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In the mosaic, there will be a woman holding a bowl of fire in one hand and a bowl of water in the other. She is pouring them both out into Prescott. When complete, she will brandish a golden halo over her head and rainbow colored ribbons in her hair.

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These rainbow colors represent the many spectrum paths that lead to reality. They are the rainbow bridge tied loosely into a bow.

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She is the maidservant who delivers these offerings.

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She is the whirling rainbow woman of Native American teachings.

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She is the storyteller and teacher.

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She is the library…

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and she is you and I.

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Mouster Artist Mary Schulte

Mosaic Mice;

Jacqueline Herst, Marcia Mallicoat, Sharon Schulte

Wall Prep and Assist; Chris Brashear, Jack Law, Grasshopper,

R.E. Wall, Margaret Dewar, Wendy Linderholm, Kate Boswell,

Josh, Cathi Johnson

Glass work; Cindy Shaffer

 

Painting the mural “Beyond Words”; Chapter One Part 2
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Mother and daughter team Maxine Dillahunty and Deanna Hendrickson of the Victorian Society lent a hand to the project. They put together some fine dresses for a photo shoot where they posed as Pauline O’neil and Francis Munds.These two figures played important roles in the women suffrage movement and are joined by fellow suffragettes Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, and Alice Paul in the mural.

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Project directors put out the word that they were seeking models for the mural. This scene involved notable heritage Heroes; Fran Wildman, Ed Abbey, Fay Ward, Zola Crosby, and Zain Grey.

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Dana Cohn, Jan the animal Angel, Charles Howe, Carlos Bassetti, and Dino Palazzi stepped up to help us tell the tale.

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Charley, Dino Palazzi, and Dana Cohn pose as Yavapai Indians Carlos Montezuma, Mike Burns, and Sam Jimulla. Below, Jeff Cedro will forever be known as the “Town Crier of the Whiskey Row Fire.”

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Painting the mural “Beyond Words”; Chapter One Part 3
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Theres nothing more bland than a big blank canvas.

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Three painters and one mosaic artist participated in the construction of the “Mural Beyond Words.” R.E. Wall, Margaret dewar, and Dana Cohn worked through the summer, fall and even some of winter to bring the design to life.

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Dana Cohn saw to executing the eastern portion of Chapter one. These are some of the rough drafts before they evolved to their current form.

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kathy Gibbons of Mountain Artists Guild joined in to help with portraits.

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We Hope that you enjoy our Prescott homegrown art at Prescott Public Library.

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BEYOND WORDS CHAPTER 2

MAY 23rd, 2009 marked the begining of the final phase of the Mural Beyond Words at Prescott Public Library. An estimated 70 volunteers came out to spread a little love and color on the last remaining 40 foot of wall.

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Murals allow folks from all walks of life to create art as a community!

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It was nice to see entire families come out to paint together!

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It was also a great opportunity for neighbors to get to know one another.

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SQUEAK!

Special thanks to all the friends who came out in support of the project

and to Edda’s Pizza and Bill’s Pizza for providing the yummy mouse power!

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Thank you MICE for your steadfast might!

 

MURAL DEDICATION PREPARATION
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MAGGIE MOUSE SHOWS THE SCRIPT TO SOME INTERESTED FOLK

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SOME MICE REHEARSE A SCENE FOR THE UPCOMING PLAY

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THE HISTORIC ELKS THEATER STAGE FINDS A NEW HOME

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CARPENTER CREW; ADRIAN ADAMS, R.E. WALL, AND NAVAJO CHARLEY

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THE STAGE WAS BARELY 5 MINUTES UP BEFORE IT WAS INFESTED WITH MICE

 

 

FINAL DEDICATION

THE MURAL “BEYOND WORDS” WAS DEDICATED ON SEPTEMBER 26TH 2009

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THE EVENT WAS PRECEEDED BY A DAY OF MURAL MICE PLAYS

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AND FEATURED A FANTASTIC SET OF AUDIENCES

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MARGARET DEWAR DIRECTED A CAST OF 30 MURAL MICE

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AND A DOZEN PUPPETEERS ASSISTED BACK STAGE WITH THE MAGIC

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OFF THE WALL THEATER PRESENTS CHARACTERS WHICH STEP

OUT OF THE MURAL AND TELL THE STORY!

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HERE THE MOSAIC MAIDEN AND FRIENDS WARM UP OUR AUDIENCE

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OUR HERO ARROW TAKES A LESSON FROM A SHAMAN STORYTELLER

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ARROWS JOURNEY BEGINS WITH A STOP AT THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS

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MR. KNOWITALL GIVES HER A TIP ABOUT HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS

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SOME WORLD PHILOSOPHERS GIVE HER A DIFFERENT LESSON

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ARROW CONTINUES ONLY TO FALL INTO  DEEP DESPAIR AND CONFUSION

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SHE IS REVIVED WITH NEW DIRECTION BY THE MOSAIC MAIDEN

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LOCAL TIMELINE ARTIST AND TIME TRAVELER HISTORIAN FRAN WILDMAN

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A YOUNG SHARLOT HALL LENDS A POEM FROM HER TRAVEL JOURNAL

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YAVAPAI PEOPLE MAKE THEIR WAY WITH LITTLE MENTION FROM HISTORIANS

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THE DESERT UNDERGROUND OFFER SUPPORT VIA THE STINKY CHEESE RESISTANCE

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A LOCAL MOUNTAIN LION (JOHNNY SOLID) GUARDS THE DRAGONS CAVE

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WOMENS SUFFRAGETTES STATE THEIR CASE FOR A LITERATE PRESCOTT

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TROUBLES BREWING WITH THE GOOD OL’ BOYS

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WILDMAN AND A YOUND EDWARD ABBEY CONTEMPLATE THE ARIZONA TERRITORY

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THE DRAGON (TAMELA) COMETH

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AND SETS WHISKEY ROW AFLAME

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PRESCOTT RECIEVES A NEW LIBRARY AND ARROW GOES HOME TO TELL THE STORY

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THE CAST:

MADELINE (HEAD MOUSE), JOHNNY SOLID (MOUNTAIN LION, & NATIVE AMERICAN), PALOMA ROBINSON (BOOKMAKER, SOLDIER), TANIA ROBINSON (POLITICIAN & CUSTOMER), SAM ADAMS (MOSAIC MAIDEN), KYRENE CARITA (MOUSE, CHILD, & WANDPERSON), TAYLOUR (MR. KNOWITALL’S ASSISTANT), PAM O’DONALD (CHINESE PHILOSOPHER, LIBRARIAN, AND SUFFRAGETTE), KELLY SHATTUCK (BEN FRANKLIN), RANDOM TEMPLE (EDWARD ABBEY & GREEK PHILOSOPHER), JEFF CEDRO (NEWSPAPER BOY, CHILD, RIBBON TWIRLER, & INVENTOR), SOPHIE BORGUM (COWBOY & ASTRONOMER), ZOE CAHILL (SHARLOT HALL, SUFFRAGETTE, & CROWD PERSON), AKIAH O’DONALD (ASSISTANT, MOUSE, AND CHILD), TOM VON DECK (MINER & SPANISH EXPLORER), WELLS VAIANA (FRAN WILDMAN THE TIME TRAVELER), MAYA RAIN (ARROW), RAEFE BILOW (MR. KNOWITALL & SHARIFF), BRANDON (KID), SOLEECE WHITLATCH (KID), CORY BRUNNER (SUGAR SHAMAN), JASMIN, LORI, DEVON,ALIYAH GOODMAN, SAGE AND SKY FAZEKA  (TWITTER BUGS)

THE FORMAL DEDICATION

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If you have encountered some financial problem regarding with the rental of your apartment because of some additional expenses, maybe it might help you if you try to sublet your space, especially if you have extra room, and you have a spacious place to live in. It would be a good idea to come up with this kind of trade, especially that it could lessen your burden of some bills to pay on time. Of course, if you let anybody rent a space or room at your house, you should also implement a sort of terms and conditions like what your leaser has agreed with you. It would be legal and fair if you do the same process with the lease agreement.

How can subletting your space in the house help you with your home finances?

In this case, it would be very helpful to you if you want to earn money for your savings. This idea is very practical and a wise decision. Why? If you are not earning enough money from your job, then it might be difficult for you to make rent. Aside from helping pay rent, this idea also helps you to set your budget.

This idea also helps you regarding daily budgeting in your own home and those unexpected expenses; especially in the case of emergency, you can have extra money because of this subletting idea.

Subletting your space is not bad at all. Remember to inform your landlord if you want to sublet some space, and remember that you are just a tenant. You have to make a clear agreement according only to what has been agreed on with your landlord. Don’t make up your own rules, because this could get you in trouble!

Another option that’s been coming up recently is Common Living. Common is a startup in Williamsburg, New York that rents out a large apartment space like a boarding house.

If you are renting a place, yet you can’t afford to pay the whole rent due to some short finances, then subletting might help you anyway. Although this idea might help you with your problem, you should not forget that you are also renting the place, and you are obliged to pay the rent in due time. You have no right to implement your own rules against the agreement policy of the main leaser. You don’t own it, so you have to obey and respect what has been stated and set.

An app that might be useful if you’re trying to sublet your apartment is Skylight.

Mile High Middle School Mural Project

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The Mile high Mural was dedicated on May 15th, 2008 with a grand celebration that included the Mile High Jazz  Band,  Mile High Choir, and three Mile High students calling themselves ” the Little Squeakers.”

The mural was administered by Prescott Alternative Transportation and funded by the federal Safe Routes to School Program. A program that fights childhood obesity and other inactivity-related health issues, environmental pollution, and traffic congestion by encouraging kids to walk and ride bikes to school.

School Principle Joe Howard played the master of ceremonies introducing City Council member Bob Luzius who stated ” I support Bicycling activities, public art, and more public art!” Unified School District Superintendant Kevin Kapp, longtime art teacher Amanda Chartier and district art class coordinator Cheryl Moran all spoke about the benefits of the project.

The project began in February 2008 with a Mural Mice play that introduced the children to the mural process. Students filled out surveys, participated in group think tanks, critiqued, and elected the mural. With a little help from Mural Mice R.E. Wall, Margaret Dewar, and Katie Nelson the mural displays Mile High dedication to finding alternative transportation to get to and from school.

How we did it.

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The Mile High Mural began with an introduction to the project on February 15th, 2008 in the Hendrix Auditorium at Mile High Middle School. The play written and directed by Margaret Dewar was called,

“If You Give A Mouse A Cookie…”

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The story involves three meager mice who live in the school and a badger custodian (the school mascot) who doesn’t like to work. Looking for cookie crumbs, the mice stumble upon magical tools that transform them into highly charged art mice. They learn to work together and paint a mural using the mural process.

 

 

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Mural Mice Sophie, R.E. Wall, Katie Nelson, Cory Brunner, Ember Larson, and badger Tom Von Deck performed in front an audience of 750 children!

 

 

 

The play explained the upcoming project

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Students from Amanda Chartiers classes conduct a site evaluation at the wall.
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Assistant Director Maggie and the Mice encourage participation by presenting a slideshow and prompting Ms. Chartier’s classes to help with the project.

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The kids lined up to sign up.
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Brainstorming began the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

Surveys were considered as hundreds of kids from 6th grade to 8th grade shared their best ideas.

 

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The Mural Mice came up with 8 designs!

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The kids had a chance to critique the designs, rule out some and to merge the best parts of others.

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3 revised designs were posted for a  week long school-wide election

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        Nominee #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Nominee #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        Nominee #3

 

 

 

 

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The Winning design!

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Wall preparation takes a few days…

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A gigantic grid is laid on the wall and

then comes the drawing…

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And then comes the paint!

 

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Painting took place in shifts. 4-6 students during homeroom class, 3 per hour from the art room, and anybody who wanted to help at lunch time. Nearly 50 students per day helped to paint.

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The Badger was a last minute addition to the design

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Miller Valley School “Go On Green” Mural
The Go On Green mural at Miller Valley Elementary School began in the early Spring of 2010.

Miller Valley School is a certified green friendly Eco School. They are the only school of there kind in thePrescott Unified School District. “Go on Green” was federally funded with a grant from the Safe Routes to School program and Prescott Alternative Transportation with a little help from local businesses. Lisa Packard from Prescott Highland Center advised the habitat mural that the children would paint. From begining to end, the mural took 6 months, cost $5500 to place, and included over 500 citizensto accomplish it.

The mission was to gather as much feedback from the kids as possible about their local habitat, posabilities for sustainable living, ideas for how the town could make their routes to school safer, and what kinds of alternative transportations could be used to get to school.

380 children make up the student body at Miller Valley School. The Mural Mice walked them through the “mural process” which allows them to fully participate in building a mural from begining to end. After 5 full days with all the children, Mural Mice R.E. Wall and Pamela J. Smith designed 8 choices for the mural. Each of the kids voted on the design they liked best and their recomendations were delivered to the school faculty where the final decission resided.