Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Famous Fairhope Mural Rededicated

Fairhope, Alabama

Cori Yonge

Cori Yonge, President of FEEF (Fairhope Educational Enrichment Foundation) presided over the rededication ceremony of a mural the organization first-sponsored (using grant money) about 10 years ago on the west side of Fairhope Hardware store.

She said the mural was dedicated to individuals, businesses, city and county government and others who helped get FEEF started with their initial  donations -- to eventually "become a sustainable organization for public education in Fairhope."

Mural artist Ameri'ca Jones thanked FEEF for supporting local artists and thanked the several Fairhope High School  art students present for their help with the restoration.

She said working during the past unusually-cold winter caused some "freezing fingers."

Council President Burrell spoke on behalf of the mayor who could not attend -- and called the mural "an awesome addition to the city."

Ameri'ca Jones (right)
Burrell: "... this just exudes Fairhope ... a treasure ... ."

Burrell used the opportunity to ask help from FEEF and the two Eastern Shore-area School Board members present (Cecil Chiristenberry and David Tarwater) to come to the table with the city to "make something happen" with the old K-1 building, located just down the street. (Christenberry will not assume office until after the Nov. election;  he has no opponent.)

The city has expressed interest in a performing arts center there.

Burrell said he hoped an educational component could be included somehow, like an arts-oriented
magnet school.

Tarwater  said the lack of adequate school funding for art programs is a major concern of his.

(Note: You Tube has been experiencing video problems today)

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