Public murals present the hopes, values and history of a community. Months ago, during a Beautification Committee Meeting (B.I.G.) led by Mary Jane Peace, members agreed that a mural program would benefit Goodlettsville by helping celebrate its past and calling attention to the town’s investment in the arts.
Sharon Lofstead assembled photos of diversity and community from other projects, building a visual platform for the project content. Fred Peace of the B.I.G. committee led the project and corresponded with Libby Funke Luff of Nossi College of Art to bring together volunteer muralists for the project. Mark B. Fleming, the Illustration Coordinator at Nossi, developed working sketches with his student volunteers. Students Lance Askins and Chelsa Jeanne were two artists who took an active role in the mural’s completion.
The Nossi team installed the mural on the south wall of Flour Girls Café before the Arts & Antiques Festival, an event that focuses on the antique shops and many artists who live in the area. More than twelve thousand people attended the Arts and Antiques Festival, giving the mural’s creators valuable exposure. Mary Jane Peace comments that Nossi’s hand in this project “was essential” to embodying the Beautification Committee’s mission to continually develop the downtown area.
This collaborative effort was a great opportunity for both the city of Goodlettsville and Nossi College of Art to experience growth. All-in-all, those involved helped bring to life a powerful symbol of hope and togetherness, a symbol that enriches both its makers and viewers.
Imagine Goodlettsville and B.I.G is a 501c, Non-profit organization, built entirely from donations and volunteerism.
For more information on how you can help, visit: www.imaginegoodlettsville.org