When I came as pastor to United Faith, the congregation took time to share their hopes and dreams for the future. One idea that was mentioned repeatedly was painting a mural on the large wall facing our parking lot, along the alleyway. Well guess what—it’s going to happen. And, it’s going to be an amazing, creative partnership with our neighborhood.
This September, the city of Fort Wayne is hosting a conference for Neighborhood Association leaders. As part of this event, they want to highlight several hands-on community building activities, and the mural here will be one of these featured projects.
We’ll be working with artist Tim Parsley on the design. He is the Chair of the Department of Art at the University of St. Francis. He is overseeing the mural project at Jefferson Pointe, and did the Buffalo mural and the Walt Whitman mural downtown.
The first step is working with Tim as he designs the mural. We want to do this in partnership with residents of our Nebraska Neighborhood. You’re invited to a brainstorming meeting/dinner on Sunday, June 2 at 5:00 pm. We’ll have sloppy joes (I don’t think Presbyterians can meet without food) and share ideas for what this mural might communicate.
This fall, starting the last weekend in August, we’ll prep the wall (stripping the current paint, sealing and priming the wall,) and then have a big community paint day – everyone is invited. Our target is Saturday, Sept. 14. Let’s turn this into a real block party – bring out the grills, put on some hot dogs, and get to know each other while we paint!
We will have to raise some funds for this project. The city of Fort Wayne is contributing around $2000 because it’s part of the conference. The Nebraska Neighborhood will contribute some as well. But, we’ll still need to raise several thousand dollars, and hopefully secure the loan of some scaffolding and a lift. I’ll share some ideas in worship, but I want to hear from you. If you would like to make a donation to this project, mark it “Mural” (you can do that on the ‘donate’ page). If you would be willing to serve on a planning team to work on fundraising and the community paint day, please talk with me ASAP. There’s lots of work to do, but this is a great way for a dream to come true and give a great gift of art to our neighborhood!