North Frayser Community Center
From the Artist: "When first thinking about the mural for the North Frayser Community Center, I wanted to illustrate the essential support the Center provides to local families by offering a wide range of programs and services which nurture the mind, body and spirit. It is a neutral ground away from home, school and work where citizens can establish a connection with other members of their community and develop a collective identity. The power of this collective identity to build a resilient community reminded me of an old nursery rhyme. "For my child/ I wish 2 things/ To give you roots/ and give you wings." Though I hadn't thought of that little poem in years, it became the inspiration for the mural I proposed."
"The mural's primary focal point depicts the large and diverse Frayser "family" working together to support their community by literally holding it above their heads. Everyone, regardless of age, gender or capability, plays an equally important supportive role. The power of their combined effort is illustrated by the 4 large, unfurling wings."
"The mural illustrates how a community, like a child, must begin from a sound foundation to achieve its full potential. The North Frayser Community Center achieves this by helping people live safe, active, healthy lives where everyone feels valued and involved. It was a uniquely rewarding experience to paint a mural depicting the meaning of community while feeling the generous support of that community on a daily basis. In a way, the process of creating the mural with civic leaders and community representatives, not to mention painting alongside the Community Center members themselves, personified the very theme I was trying to express."