Students Create Transitions Projects Murals

May 05, 2016

Jack Graydon

Saturday, May 7, marks the first viewing of a community project initiated by PNCA students Kacie Baker, Jack Graydon, and Jamaali Roberts and others in Professor Linda Kliewer’s Off Site Projects class. The students have worked with clients at Transition Projects in the Bud Clark Commons Day Center to create bright murals on some of the doors in the Day Center.

Transition Projects Day Center offers resources for people who are or have recently experienced homelessness including mailboxes, laundry, and workshops. The students met with clients to imagine what kind of project they might like to see and led workshops with clients to help design the murals. “We wanted to bring life to the place, make it more energetic,” says Roberts. "Inspired by positive connections and ideas we are turning a new leaf for the drab looking doors...our mural is bringing positive healing energy into the day center commons area." 

This is not the first project that PNCA students or alumni have done with our neighbors. BCCTV is a video project putting cameras and editing equipment in the hands of Bud Clark clients and residents. Alumnus Danny Mackin was one of those who initiated that project, and it was Mackin who connected the students with Transition Projects to create the murals. As Roberts notes, PNCA "is kitty-corner to BCC and our project is bridging the gap between these groups." 

With the first three murals completed, students plan the viewing from 6:30-8:30pm. Bud Clark Commons is located at 665 NW Hoyt Street.