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.
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.
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.