The Boys and Girls Club used grant funds won at a Souper Starz competition earlier in 2015, where they were awarded $550. The six-paneled mural outside of the Handley Center is the first of many project intended to improve areas around town and shows what the kids in the Club like to do, including paintings of dance, gardening, reading, and biking, among other activities.
Joan Irwin, a member of the Lead-Deadwood Arts Council, came up with the idea for the mural, said Boys and Girls Club Director Anne Rogers. Designed by Jean Welborn, a Nebraskan artist, the mural’s six panels show a girl gardening, a boy biking, a ballerina dancing, a boy swimming, a girl skiing, and a boy reading. The artist stenciled the design on the wall, which the kids then painted.
The mural was a week long project, with about 60 kids working for a total of 20 hours to complete the project.
Current enrollment at the Lead-Deadwood Boys and Girls Club is 234 kids, and both Rogers and Karen Everett are excited to see new possibilities the Handley Center’s upcoming renovation project might bring.
To offer suggestions for or to donate to the art project, contact Karen Everett at the Lead-Deadwood Arts Council, 584-1461.