This is the Chatham Arts Council’s second in a monthly series focusing on arts events in Chatham County that are not to be missed.
During this time of year, people’s thoughts and deeds are especially focused on family, community, and children. In Southeast Chatham County, a painted mural serves as the centerpiece for a gathering place that celebrates these ideas throughout the year.
The Sprott Youth Center in Moncure has been a hub of activity since the Sprott Family dedicated it back in 1975. With recent renovations that include a new roof, new heating and air-conditioning system, new kitchen & bathrooms, there’s a renewed sense of excitement. A mural measuring 40′ wide by 17′ tall tells the tale of what the work has been all about.
Faux bleachers of brown provide a ground for images of kids of all ages and ethnicities doing what kids do: hanging out with beloved pets and BFFs, playing different sports, blowing bubbles, and whistling.
Both the center and the mural have benefitted from hundreds of hours of volunteer labor from local church groups, businesses, individuals, and youth groups. The mural specifically was started by Pam “Tuesday” Fletcher who was joined by local artists Stacye Leanza, Linda Collura, Travis Cohn, and Diane Swan, among others to make this gift of art to the community children.
With its grand reopening, scheduled for early January 2015, Sprott Youth Center board members expect the center to serve as a gathering place for chapters of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and different after-school recreation and club activities for all local elementary, middle, and high school students and by extension their families and neighbors.
In the renovation and the making of the mural, it already has.
Go See This: The Sprott Youth Center Mural
Who: The Sprott Youth Center
When: Open in mid-January, after 3pm
Where: 685 Old US 1, Moncure, 27559
How much: Free of charge
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