By Terry Rogers
As part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Mispillion Art League, the organization dedicated the Children’s Mural, located on the side of the art league building next to the Riverwalk. The mural is the second of the Mispillion Art League’s public art projects on display in the city. The first is located on the side of the Salvation Army Building on SE Front Street.
The dedication of the mural was attended by past presidents of the Mispillion Art League as well as City of Milford Vice-Mayor Doug Morrow and Representative Harvey Kenton, as well as many residents who will enjoy the mural. President Judy Struck, a retired teacher, explained that the mural is an extension of the vision of Mispillion Art League.
“The Mispillion Art League was incorporated on June 15, 2004 as a non-profit arts organization,” Ms. Struck explained. “We had as a mission to provide access to visual arts to all citizens, and we have achieved that through exhibitions and classes for both adults and children. Until we had a building of our own, we exhibited our art at the Milford Library. We dedicate this mural today for the beautification of Milford.”
The project was a partnership between the Mispillion Art Gallery and students at Lulu M. Ross and Benjamin Banneker Elementary Schools. Vicki Hudson, who teaches multiple intelligence at Banneker, encouraged students to draw pictures of what Milford meant to them, including activities they enjoyed when around the town. Mispillion Art League member, Sara Gallagher, took the drawings and interpreted them in the mural.
“The mural displays much of the aquatic attractions found in Milford,” Ms. Struck said. “Children depicted the river and the many activities, such as fishing and boating, that they enjoyed about the town.
Mispillion Art League held a day-long celebration for their 10th anniversary that included demonstrations by featured artists, free children’s activities and an adult reception that evening.