A new mural created by students at Asbell Elementary School and facilitated by local non-profit Art Feeds was unveiled near Dickson Street on Monday.
The new 8-by-14-foot printed mural is mounted on the exterior wall of Teatro Scarpino, located at 329 N. West Ave.
The process to create the mural began in April, and lasted about four weeks. Organizers say all 400 students at Asbell participated in the mural curriculum, choosing the “Learning and Growing” theme of the mural, and creating the drawings and illustrations that made up the final design.
Several of the students were on hand on Monday for the big reveal of the finished project, which included a brief ceremony before a tarp was removed to reveal the artwork. Afterwards, there was an ice cream party as a reward for the kids’ hard work on the project.
Just before it was unveiled on Monday, Meg Bourne-Hulsey, director of Art Feeds, asked the students what they thought visitors to Dickson Street would think of their artwork when they saw the mural.
“I think they’ll say, ‘Wow, those kids are really talented,'” one of the children said.
The mural and curriculum was paid for in part through a grant from the Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund, and the rest of the funds were raised through local donors.
It is the twenty-fourth mural facilitated by Art Feeds since the group began the curriculum two years ago, and it’s the first mural installed in Fayetteville.
Smaller versions of the artwork will be on display at Asbell Elementary, and the main mural is expected to remain on Dickson Street indefinitely.