Residents and friends of Hillcrest Apartments near downtown Asheville gathered on Juneteenth weekend to unveil a cultural development project, an outdoor mural that celebrates their community.
For the past year or more, Dewayne Barton (Green Opportunities co-founder) and Lise Kloeppel have been working closely with residents and community leaders, including artists Daniel Suberman and Ernie Mapp, to plan and design a public art work for the community. They conducted interviews with residents to compile thoughts and images that would speak a clear message of positivity. Collaborating with local artist Ian Wilkinson, from the Arts2People-funded Asheville Mural Project, these ideas were developed into a design for the mural and two painting days were held during which local residents assisted the artists.
Saturday’s celebration included the unveiling of the mural, followed by a community Juneteenth lunch with food donated by several Asheville restaurants and stores, a free raffle, jumping castle, music, dancing and sports.