FAC Participates in Unveiling of Mural of Hope at Asbury United Methodist Church

December 12, 2016

img_3618Asbury United Methodist Church, whose philosophy is “God is in the Neighborhood”, unveiled a project in the works for three years titled “The Mural of Hope” on Sunday, December 11th. The concept came from Rose Chaney, Chair of the Asbury Community Outreach Ministry and former art teacher; she envisioned a visual message to encourage the community to believe in hope through troubled and turbulent times. Artists Carl Butler and Warren Davis worked on the mural, which can be seen on the side of the large red-bricked building on the corner of West All Saints and Ice Streets. This building serves as Asbury United Methodist Church’s support to the community for those who have limited access to food and clothing.

The artwork had numerous sponsors and additional support from organizations and individuals including the Ausherman Family Foundation, Frederick Arts Council, Anthony Owens Remodeling and Repair, Patricia Lockard and Drs. Bert and Trevia Williams.  Remarks were made by Randy McClement, Frederick City Mayor; Kelly Russell, Frederick City Alderman; Donna Kuzemchak, Frederick City Alderman; Roger Wilson, Frederick County Gov’t Affairs Director; and Michael Campagnoli, President of the Frederick Arts Council.

The Mural of Hope is the first large-scale public arts project undertaken by Frederick’s African-American community and the portraits in the mural were from those who are current residents of Frederick County. This marks one component of a larger effort of Asbury United Methodist Church to reach out to the neighborhood. The Frederick Arts Council provided support for this endeavor as part of its mission to encourage and invest in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County and expresses pride in this project’s realization.