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A mural miracle

For the last few years the Carbondale Clay Center has been involved in a series of murals at Carbondale Elementary School, located at the end of Third Street in Carbondale.

On Friday, Nov. 1, from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m., we will celebrate the completion and installation of the third in this series of mural projects. We will be honoring the student artists, their mentors, Ro Mead and Julie Hawkins, who worked with them throughout the year, and the wonderful community volunteers who figured out how to hang the mural ? Bill Bullard, John Hoffman and Alex Crawford.

This mural presented an exceptional problem when we learned that the school might relocate someday and the murals might need to be moved. John Hoffman, of Roaring Forge blacksmiths; Bill Bullard, local building wizard; and Alex Crawford, a gifted and generous tile-setter; engineered a frame for the large 9 foot by 12 foot piece.

Special thanks to Alex Crawford and to Ro Mead who worked many precious weekend hours to successfully install the mural at the school. These folks give us all hope and encouragement. They remind us of the value of giving and the beauty that art leads to our daily fives.

The mural is a playful representation of the children’s view of their valley’s community. It is a wonderful thing to see children getting their hands dirty in clay while taking an idea and turning it into a beautiful reality.

The fourth and last mural is now in progress on Wednesdays after school at the Clay Center, mentored by artist Sue Kolbe. The theme is “Our World Community.” Children may enroll in this activity at CES through the Star project.

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This ongoing mural project represents the Clay Center’s commitment to building community through clay-related activities and to making a hands-on, creative experience accessible to all.

The arts are a vital component of our culture, and arts education is an important factor in the development of our society. As reported on Americans for the Arts Web site, “Young people who participate in the arts for at least nine hours a week, for one full year, are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to be elected to a class office, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, and four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. Compared to their peers, young artists read for pleasure twice as often and perform community service more than four times as often.”

Let’s keep the arts alive in our community.

Diane Kenney, director

Carbondale Clay Center