Murray-Calloway County Central Park
The Murray Art Guild was recently awarded a “360 Grant” from the Community Foundation of West Kentucky in order to facilitate an art and wellness project, entitled “Our Voices” for area highschool students. Creativity can help teens express and process hard feelings, such as grief, fear, and anger that they may not have words for. In light of recent events in our region, this special, nonpartisan, collaborative project was created to help the students process their emotions, and express their "voice" for support or healing or change for the local community.
“Our Voices” is a collaboration of the Murray Art Guild, Murray High School, Calloway County High School, Murray Calloway County Parks & Recreation, and local artist and art and wellness instructor, Jennifer Fairbanks. Jennifer Fairbanks, a Murray High alumnus, received a Bachelor of Arts from Murray State University, a Masters of Art in Art Therapy from New York University, as well as attending various short-term, art-intensive academies and receiving multiple awards. Currently she operates Gallery 109 in Murray, KY, doing commission work and offering painting, drawing, and art and wellness classes for the Murray community
The project involved around 700 students embellishing 6” x 8” blank cotton flags with either words or artwork after spending some time going through written prompts which led the students to consider their emotions and any positive change they would like to see in our community. The artwork was created at the schools in the last few weeks of March; and then the completed flags were installed in the Murray Calloway County Central Park, across from the amphitheater, for public display through the spring and summer season.