"Hand Made in America" mobile murals being made by hand(s)
- Crafts & Traditional Arts
- Visual Arts
“Hand Made in America” will be a mobile mural making project, a community collaboration, to be created with the youth of America one handprint at a time on the sides of a 53-foot tractor trailer.
I am so excited to be inviting people to be a part of this community collaboration for many reasons. The main reason being that out of all the large-scale community collaborative works of art I have inspired and helped manage, this will be the most engaging and inspiring for all involved. It is also my belief that those individuals learning about the project as it unfolds will also be inspired and my goal to “Artify” America will begin taking place. “Hand Made in America” is also very important to me because I believe that after the entire project has been completed, it will be a launching point for additional lifelong projects that I have been planning and dreaming about for many years. I believe that this project is a much-needed feel good story that will provide the public a bit of art therapy on a national scale, while at the same time possibly providing participating youth a real sense that they contributed to something bigger than themselves.
As I travel from one city to another the driver and I will bring the truck into a school and park it for the evening. I will then provide a lecture for the students on the “power of inspiration and creativity”. After this we will all file out to the truck where I will proceed to take a few students up, using an electric scissor lift, to where we need to fill in hand prints. I will then park the scissor lift and paint the students’ hands with a paint roller and direct them to where to place their handprints. All of the handprints will be placed according to already mapped out “paint by number” works of art written on the sides. This process will continue until we are done at the school. At twelve-noon we will pack up and proceed to the next town where we will park the truck at a school and wait for the next morning’s activities. As we are taking the southern route home I am pretty-certain that both murals will be taking shape nicely and the public will be able to watch as the final touches are being added.
This very exciting project came about as I was collaborating with another artist to paint my first set of mobile murals on the side of a 53-foot trailer. These were not my first murals created, nor my first collaborative efforts. Since 1996 I have made murals and major “art by the acre” installations in communities and schools in my home state of West Virginia and neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland. One set of murals created within my state were made solely out of upcycled bottle lids, before this practice and medium became somewhat popular.
As a child going to public school, and growing up at the elbow of an artist, I knew that I wanted to be an artist from an early age. The schools I went to occasionally had visiting professionals who gave assemblies and lectures. While there were many various artistic talents presented there were no “fine art” visual artists. I vowed that if I could figure out a way, I would one day go into schools to inspire students using the visual arts. I am now at that place and it feels great inspiring others.
There is no better time than the present to carry out this special art project. This project is so far out of the box that it is sure to gain the attention and imaginations of the American people. Doesn’t this country need some positive news? Doesn’t this country need some healing that only art therapy can give. Doesn’t this country need some inspiration? I believe so.
This is not a cheap project but it certainly could be more expensive. After creating a list of all expenses we were able to narrow the costs down to $35,000. This is where I need your help. I am looking for all levels of assistance for this and vow to do my best to make this one of the coolest projects the country has ever heard of. These funds will go toward the purchase of an older 53-foot trailer, equipment and supplies including the rental of a large scissor lift. Part of these funds will go to paying the driver, myself and a marketing guru/executive assistant who can call ahead of where we will be visiting to make special arrangements with schools, press, hotels and whatever else we might need help with. And then there is the cost of gas, insurance, registration fees and more. In the event that this project is overfunded extra monies will go toward another project already in the works: “Art for Charity Month” scheduled for 2018.
Thank you so much for reading this and for seriously considering giving what you can toward this very special art project that will “Artify” America.