Reprinted from the Abilene Reporter-News
November 21, 2003
By Melissa Borden / Reporter-News Staff Writer
Community support is often seen within the walls of the Noah Sales Again resale shop. Now it has seeped outward where the north side of the building has erupted in vibrant, vivid images and color.
Abilene Christian University students and professors have spent the past two weeks splashing the outside wall with a mural depicting the mission of the shop located at 640 Butternut St. The class project is planned for completion Thursday.
Noah Sales Again manager Scott Akard said he contacted ACU art department chairman Jack Maxwell last year about painting a mural on the north side of the building.
"ACU has really stepped up to the plate on this one," Akard said. "They are really service-oriented and we just can't be more pleased with their volunteerism."
The mural mirrors the mission of the Noah Sales Again resale center - shop, donate, volunteer. All proceeds from the resale shop benefit the programs and services of Noah Project, a non-profit organization that assists victims of domestic violence.
ACU freshman Jessica Craddock helped design the mural, which illustrates the arms of a mother comforting a child. The design, drawing and painting were part of a project for a freshman service-oriented class at ACU.
"I was trying to show that it's a place you can come to for help and basically where you can get some support for families," Craddock said.
ACU art assistant professor Dan McGregor said not only does the mural show the purpose of the organization, but highlights its location.
"What we're hoping to do is just increase visibility for this building," he said. "It's just kind of a gray wall."
The gray canvas has bloomed with colors, images and emotions - hopefully attracting new visitors and new volunteers, Akard said.
"What we're trying to do is not only beautify the community, but educate them as well about what we do here," he said.