Tuesday, November 24th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: On Friday in downtown San Ignacio, Galen University is to launch a community mural titled “A Painted Conversation.”
Educator and artist Natalia Pilato of Penn State University partnered with Galen’s Social Problems course in 2014 to conduct a social inventory of the community, asking over 100 people about the assets, social issues and solutions, community images, message, description of the town and ideas for the town to flourish.
Answers included diversity, youth recognition and ambition, educaton, community pride, social and personal responsibility, peace and tranquility, recognition of the past and hope for the future. These were then visually represented in concept.
Following a special art course at the University, a group of students led the process of putting together the mural, joined by over 175 Belizeans and international volunteers, joined the group at St. Andrews Anglican Church, where a “paint-by-number” project took place in which the design was traced, color coded, and painted indoors on thirty-two 5’ x 5’ panels.
The art instructor mixed over 100 colors for the design. The last group of panels were completed by Galen Students and will be permanently installed and celebrated by November 27th, 2015 on over 80 feet of wall space immediately behind the BTL branch office at the corner of West Street and Paslow Lane in San Ignacio Town.
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