Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Arkadelphia Mural Celebration

It was a bit cooler than we had expected, but the rain let up, sun came out, and our mural celebration / dedication went off without a hitch. A crowd of sixty plus gathered at the base of mural to listen to the Cedar Grove Bluegrass Band before Project Coordinator Farrell Ford began the program.

The Cedar Grove Bluegrass Band.
Speakers included mayor Charles Hollingshead, mural apprentice Jordan Karpe, Group Living Executive Director Jane Lucas, design team members Mariela and Natalie Crockett, mural assistant Ashley Jane Laird, and then yours truly.
Ashley Jane Laird talks about the place and people around the mural site.
Dave giving his remarks.
Sam Blackmon and Jordan Karpe.
An explanation was in order, since many were asking whether the mural was finished. The answer no, not yet. I like to schedule the mural celebration a week or so before the mural is finished. Why? Because I like the mural team to have uninterrupted time at the end of the project to finish things up and do the detailed work without worrying about speeches and such. After all the talking, it was time to enjoy home baked cookies and lemonade while the band played on.

The mural with about a week left before completion.


  1. A mural and and community to be proud of.

  2. A mural and and community to be proud of.