There are two things that drive me as a person and as a designer: creative community engagement, and personal creative engagement. I have become blissfully stressed trying to do both since wrapping up my final semester in graphic design last year.
During the fall semester of 2013 I was nominated for the position of Chair for Art in Public Places, a branch of the Starkville Area Arts Council. Unfortunately, Art in Public Places had not been up to much for the last several years since its inception, so I wanted to work to change that for the benefit of our local community. I simply wanted Art in Public Places to live up to its name. The most obvious way to do this was to start a mural collective, and that is what I've been focusing on since.
I am amazed at the support and involvement this project has received thus far from both students as well as local residents. Every single business owner (with a wall I'm interested in painting) that I have spoken with has responded enthusiastically, and most have been itching for something like this to happen for years.
I have received all the necessary approval from the city to move forward, so on all levels we have the green light!
We are not trying to make any sort of political statement with these murals. The aim is simply to expose the local community to a high level of quality design work that will promote creativity in community members through their involvement, and expand our collective cultural expression and artistic appreciation. I am currently working on grant funding, and all work is set to launch in March/April when the weather clears.