Community Mural Projects

Make TODAY Count! has hosted a series of Community Mural Projects throughout Weld County. Mural projects have historically been used as a vehicle for education and cultural expression, and play a key role in building a healthy community. They have been used throughout the world to share a community’s history, culture, and beliefs with outsiders.  By giving a voice to residents, a mural project can empower and enliven a community, improving overall health and well-being.

In collaboration with other communities, the campaign has completed 5 community mural project to date. Check out photos and descriptions of each project below.

Greeley Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of “Botanica Ciudad De Las Brujas,” 808 22nd St. in Greeley. A multicultural group of Greeley West High School students from the Newcomers club planned, designed, and painted the mural, with the help of local artist Wesley Sam-Bruce. The students brainstormed themes and ideas, and picked three words that they wanted to mural to say: “Respect, Acceptance, and Difference.”

 

Evans Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of a storage building in Evans City Park, near the intersection of 40th St. and Golden St. in Evans. An intergenerational group of volunteers, ranging from elementary school students to retired professionals from the community, painted the mural under the supervision of local artist Delilah Fietcher. The theme of the mural came from the group of volunteers, who wanted to use the mural as a reflection of the rich diversity in Evans. Because the South Platte River runs along Evans, the diversity will be depicted through an aquatic scene with diverse types of fish and plants. The following words will be painted into the mural: “Our diverse community all flows together in Evans.”

 

Platteville Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of Tienda Paulin (618 Main St.), a store in downtown Platteville. A group of volunteer students and families from the Platteville community painted the mural with the help of local artist Wesley Sam-Bruce. The theme of the mural came from the group of volunteer students, and involves a colorful mountain range and prairie landscape.

 

Fort Lupton Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of the North Star Theatre (312 N Denver Ave.) in downtown Fort Lupton. A group of volunteer students from the Fort Lupton community painted the mural, with the help of local artist Shelbi Green. The design of the mural will reflect the history of Fort Lupton, and includes teepees, a widely known symbol of the Native Americans who gathered and  lived in the area. The volunteers will paint designs on the teepees that represent the present and the future of Fort Lupton.

 

Milliken Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of the Cracked Egg Restaurant (914 Broad St.) in downtown Milliken. A group of volunteer students and families from the Milliken community painted the mural with the help of local artist Wesley Sam-Bruce. The theme of the mural is “Milliken’s Tapestry: Farms, Floods, and Freedom.” The theme came from the group of volunteer students, and reflects the recent flood, the soldiers who came to rebuild, and the farms that surround and support their community.

Milliken Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on a portion of the Milliken Skate Park, on the corner of Elm Street and S. Harriet Avenue in Milliken. A group of 30 middle school student volunteers from the Milliken Young Community Leaders assisted in the planning and painting of the project, with the help of local artist Wesley Sam-Bruce. The design of the mural, which involves a colorful train, represents the important railroad history of the town of Milliken.

Evans Community Mural Project
This mural is painted on the side of “La Fiesta” Mexican Restaurant, 2812 11th Ave in Evans. A group of children from the Sunrise neighborhood planned and painted the mural, with the help of local artist Armando Silva. The mural is a beautiful and rugged mountain landscape with bright colors and original artwork of the children. Each child added artwork depicting what “home” means to them.  Drawings of soccer balls, race cars, and farms are mixed with descriptive words like: “family”, “food”, “hope”, “love”, “art” and “happiness”.

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