We paint the stories of our human engineered landscape, explaining how settlement and clearing forever changed the primeval forest that once covered the Shore. Our murals tell the tale of vanished indigenous tribes, the tragedy of slavery, the rise and fall of Maryland tobacco, the rise of wheat and how it was part of the triangle slave trade between Europe, the Americas and Africa. We paint the stories of the racially diverse waterman’s culture that existed on the Chesapeake from the 1700’s until the 1950’s. We teach about the decimation of the Chesapeake seafood industry through over harvest, pollution and natural disasters, and the story of how the sink box and the punt gun led to the collapse of the wildfowl population that once blackened regional skies.
This is the forgotten history that created the modern landscape of the Eastern Shore. Our children don’t know what is growing in the wide open fields which they transit to and from school on a daily basis. They are amazed when an eagle or a hawk comes into view. Few local children have access to, or understanding of, the local waters, even though their families have been connected to this place for centuries.
Our program tells our collective local story, and with the help of families from our far flung communities - who always have fascinating tales to add to the process of mural creation - we teach our kids why their lives and family legacy matters.
Rural Mural Program
We designed our Rural Mural Program to meet a niche need consisting of public arts and education experiences targeting populations who live in remote communities in Kent, Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties.
This initiative grew out of two decades of facilitating large-scale arts projects in the region as working artists and educators. During that time we observed that most public arts projects are located in population centers. This reality makes participation problematic to residents of rural areas where reliable transportation is unavailable.
Each mural takes 8-12 weeks to plan and paint with community members. Completed murals are installed
in the creator's neighborhood.
County Mural Co-op Program
Co-op murals are set up at a variety of locations across the county
where community members work with us to create vibrant paintings which incorporate local history. Completed panels - designed to be weatherproof - are then displayed throughout our area.
We have designed our program to reach all of Kent County. We want to set up at the library, the YMCA, and at Crossroads Community (they are building their teen program). We plan to contact the high school, Chestertown Middle School, Garnet Elementary School, Galena Elementary School and Rock Hall Elementary School to offer our traveling program on campus.
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