AthFest 20th Anniversary Mural Project Grant
June 2016 marked the 20th Anniversary of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival. To celebrate, AthFest Educates commissioned a public art mural that would be a collaboration between a local professional artist, youth, and a youth-serving organization.
The artist overseeing the project was David Hale, and the Lyndon House Arts Center facilitated the mural art-based youth programming. Together Hale and the Lyndon House worked with youth during afterschool, weekend, and summer classes that focused on the content and layout of the mural.
The majority of the mural, which depicts 20 Georgia songbirds representing the 20 years of AthFest, was created at the Lyndon House and then moved and installed in its permanent location on the outside east-facing wall of downtown clothing store Philanthropy, at the corner of Pulaski and Washington. Hale was joined by four high school student interns in overseeing the project. The mural was dedicated on June 24, 2016 in historic downtown Athens.
Jill Helme, Executive Director of AthFest Educates said, “we are so grateful to David and the Lyndon House for helping commemorate this milestone in a way that honors the festival, our community’s local artists and artistic culture, and the AthFest Educates mission of supporting music and arts education for youth. The mural project allows us to proudly showcase the artistic talent of both professional and young emerging artists here in Athens, while also beautifying our great city with a large-scale public art piece that everyone can enjoy. AthFest lets us put our city’s musicians on stage for the community to enjoy and the mural does the same thing for our artists. We’re especially excited that Philanthropy generously donated their wall space so that the mural will be right next to the AthFest stage!”
Didi Dunphy, Program Supervisor at the Lyndon House, said she, “is so very pleased to have been selected as the Youth Organization partner in this celebration of 20 years and all that AthFest has contributed to our town. Our Youth collaborated on the mural with a professional working artist. This shared experience—the learning from and hearing stories directly from working artists—provides an inspirational and invaluable experience that we are so happy to be able to offer them.”
Hale said, “it is a huge honor to get selected to be a part of the AthFest 20th anniversary mural project. I am excited about the opportunity to co-create a work of art with the younger generation, that hopefully they will one day get to share with their kids. AthFest is such an amazing way to bring the community together through art and music, and this mural will prominently stand to represent this amazing event and the sonic landscape that makes Athens such an incredible place.”
The goals of the mural project are to:
- Visually promote the benefits of the arts and arts education to the community
- Display and promote the artistic talent of our community’s young people and professional artists
- Provide a positive impact on the youth participants and artist(s) selected to produce the mural
- Beautify a highly visible building in Athens, GA
- Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival