Nelsonville Heritage Mural
Our 2011 mural project was a collaborative creation, with contributions made by all the students in the program. As the mural director, Aaron sought to emphasize the rich cultural and heritage of Nelsonville, while providing a deepened sense of place. Nelsonville is a town steeped in history which is still visible in many ways. The mural showcases places and things that make Nelsonville unique, while lending a glimpse into our past.
Aaron began each of his eight classes with a brainstorming session. What best lent itself to telling heritage stories? Based on hundreds of photos of historic or otherwise relevant structures, the children chose the structures or activity that drew them -and then they drew them! Next they arranged the drawings along the ten 4 foot panels and transferred these images. Over the course of 5 weeks the project grew to have hundreds of drawings, and as they took shape the mural grew to become a powerful representation of Nelsonville. The mural now hangs on Canal Street, The children (and Aaron) should be very proud of their accomplishment, as they and their families will be able to enjoy this public art project for years to come!