Children’s Art Wall – Love, Hope, Peace Scholarship Winnerson
The Firehouse Art Center (FAC) inspired over 70 children from Norman to paint their thoughts and feelings about shared positive community values on the Children’s Art Wall – Love, Hope, Peace on Friday, October 4, 2019. A free visual arts event hosted by the FAC and sponsored by the Norman Arts Council and Republic Bank & Trust, the art wall was created during activities prior to the Norman Parks & Recreation’s Outdoor Movie Series showing of Hocus Pocus in Lions Park.
Showing the Norman community’s embrace of unity and inclusion, children ages 5 – 14 painted on individual 1’ x 2’ rectangular panels of the collaborative mural located in Lions Park. The FAC Executive Director, Douglas Shaw Elder, announced the names of seven merit scholarship winners for the FAC’s 2020 Art After School program during the upcoming winter, spring, or fall semesters. “Scholarship winners were chosen for their original ideas about our community’s values of love, hope, and peace and their creativity and personal expression of those ideas,” said Elder.
Vivienne Sheriff from Eisenhower Elementary and Alisa Valle from Adams Elementary were winners in the 5 to 6 year old age category. The 7 to 9 year old group had three winners: Audrey Boyd from Lincoln Elementary and Molly Merrit and Johnny Valley from Adams Elementary. Talon Payne from Reagan Elementary and Capri Canaan from Eisenhower Elementary were the two winners in the 10 to 14 year old group.
Given that only one iteration of the event was possible due to the weather, the FAC is reaching out to teachers in some Norman public schools to offer students the opportunity to paint the remaining panels and complete the 160 panel, 40’ Children’s Art Wall – Love, Hope, Peace.
The Children’s Art Wall – Love, Hope, Peace was made possible by the Norman Arts Council Sudden Opportunity Support, Norman Parks & Recreation, Republic Bank & Trust, and the City of Norman. The Firehouse Art Center (FAC) is funded in part by select grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Norman Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Norman, as well as corporate sponsorship from Republic Bank & Trust and Fowler Automotive. The FAC’s programming would not be possible without the support of individual donors and memberships.