Process

The diversability mural aims to bridge the gap and connect people of all abilities through public art. Below are some photos of the mural from idea to finish mural.

VODEC clients working on their first sketches

VODEC clients working on their first sketches

Clients from Ollie Webb discuss the mural project

Clients from Ollie Webb discuss the mural project


Artist Natalie Linstrom works with clients from Ollie Webb

Artist Natalie Linstrom works with clients from Ollie Webb

Mary Sheldrick and Jim Hoggatt at one of the planning meetings

Mary Sheldrick and Jim Hoggatt at one of the planning meetings

Final mural sketch

Final mural sketch

Members of the planning committee look over work from Munroe-Meyer.

Members of the planning committee look over work from Munroe-Meyer.

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Discussing clients works

Starting the Process

In January and February clients from the partnering organizations (Munroe-Meyer Institute, Ollie Webb Center, Quality Living Inc, and VODEC)  worked on ideas and sketches for the mural project. In one of the first meetings the clients discussed how they want the community to see them. Each of them drew and wrote about themselves and how they want to be seen. All of them wanted to be seen for who they are and their talents and not for the disability they have. A client from Quality Living Inc drew and discussed bridging the gap and removing boundaries from their lives. This was idea that had been floating around with the planning committee and so the idea of bridging the gap and creating diversability was born. Throughout the next couple of sessions, clients built on the idea of bridging the gap and connecting with the community around them through public art.

The planning committee met several times to go over the work from the clients at the organizations and discuss what the mural should be. Artist Mike Giron came up with a sketch from all the individual pieces and the mural was born.


Painting the Pieces

After the final sketch was decided upon, clients then had the opportunity to paint the pieces of the mural that would be placed on the wall at Tip Top Thrift shop in Benson.

Artist Mike Giron works with clients

Artist Mike Giron works with clients

painting the mural pieces

painting the mural pieces

Painting at Quality Living Inc

Painting at Quality Living Inc

Painting at VODEC

Painting at VODEC

fruit bowl

fruit bowl

Painting at Munroe-Meyer

Painting at Munroe-Meyer

Munroe-Meyer

Munroe-Meyer


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The mural at its start

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Artist Mike Giron works on the mural wall

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Lisa Kalantjakos

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Ollie Webb

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Ollie Webb participants

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Lisa Kalantjakos

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Artists Mike Giron and Lisa Kalantjakos edging the mural pieces

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Artists Mike Giron and Lisa Kalantjakos

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Ollie Webb

Installation of the Mural

After all the pieces had been painted and cut out, the mural began to take shape on the back wall of Tip Top Thrift Shop. Work began in May and the final mural was dedicated on June 6th, 2014 during a street party as part of Benson First Friday activities.

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Artist Lisa Kalantjakos paints at the mural

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Ollie Webb

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Ollie Webb helps with the mural installation