A bit of background on the project:In January 2020, we began working with local graphic designer Josh Coker to create a graphic representing downtown Little Rock as "Everyone's Neighborhood." We loved that motto and wanted to turn it into a graphic we could use on stickers, window clings, etc.Fast forward a few months and our world was suddenly knee deep in a pandemic. Our community was rocked, but people and businesses rallied together to stay afloat. More than ever, it was evident that downtown Little Rock really was and is "Everyone's Neighborhood."Our city pulled through the pandemic and we now wear the "Everyone's Neighborhood" motto as a badge of pride - a symbol of how strong we are when we work together, show empathy, and spread love.Now, a year and a half later, as the world becomes safer and pandemic restrictions lift, we are turning Coker's graphic into a large-scale work of art with the help of local artist Matt McLeod. The mural will be placed on the north wall of the Cashion Co. building at 321 Main Street in downtown Little Rock.This will be a mural unlike anything we have ever done before, with striking iridescent and metallic colors and, most importantly, it will be painted with the community's hands. We couldn't think of a more fitting mural on which to have the community's involvement.If you would like to help with this community mural, you can sign up to volunteer for a painting slot here. The entire process will be outlined and guided by Matt McLeod. Just sign up, show up, and he'll direct you! No artistic experience required.“After this crazy year and a half we’ve had, we felt this was a positive, uplifting project that would be great for the downtown community,” Gabe Holmstrom, Downtown Little Rock Partnership Executive Director, said. “We want as many community members as possible to be able to walk or drive by this mural and know they had a hand in it,” Holmstrom said.
The mural is expected to be completed this summer.
Volunteer team updates:
Thursday, June 10: Due to weather, the start date will be pushed back one day to June 11
Friday, June 11: Painting begins
Monday, June 14: Painting continues as scheduled
Tuesday, June 15: NO painting on Tuesday, June 15. No volunteers needed.
Wednesday, June 16: Painting continues as scheduled
Thursday, June 17: Painting continues as scheduled.
Friday, June 18: NO Painting on Friday, June 18. No volunteers needed.
Monday, June 21: NO painting on Monday, June 21. No volunteers needed.
Tuesday, June 22: NO painting on Tuesday, June 22. No volunteers needed.
Wednesday, June 23: Painting continues as scheduled.
Questions? Call Downtown Little Rock Partnership (501) 375-0121.