FSU Department of Art Education students, staff, faculty, alumni, and people from the Tallahassee community took part in and contributed to the FSU Department of Art Education’s Fall 2017 Community Mural Project. It was a valuable opportunity for the community to come together to create a lasting impact on the city of Tallahassee.
The resulting mural design, named “Tallahassee on the Move” and created by second year Art Therapy student Jordyn Dooley, was inspired by the transition from the past to present day of the Tallahassee area where the local business AMWAT was built, which has now become a major moving enterprise. Starting on the left side of the painting, a lighthouse represents the beginning of the Spanish settlement at St. Marks, a town which transitioned to a hub of industry and became home to the first railway in Florida. On the right side of the painting, a cyclist represents how Tallahassee is riding into the future, which is in turn being painted by the present.
The mural located at the AMWAT Moving Warehouse Storage building, the Fall 2017 Community Mural Project began on October 14th and continued through October 28th, painting hours taking place almost every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students and educators from the Department of Art Education were present to assist volunteers and the community with painting the mural. All painting materials, including brushes, were provided at the site, and all ages and skill levels were welcomed to participate. In addition to individual community members, groups came to participate in the mural, including from the Girl Scouts of America, Sisters in Sobriety, and Better Living Solutions.
The FSU Department of Art Education would like to thank those who participated and made the Fall 2017 Community Mural Project a success and a special opportunity to leave a mark on the Tallahassee community!