The Village of Silverton and ArtWorks partnered to employ a team of five local Youth Apprentices led by a local Teaching Artist—creating the first Silverton community mural to serve as a gateway marker for the Village. This work, designed by Cincinnati-based illustrator Erin Barker, represents the vibrancy and beauty of the Silverton community shown through colors of the mural, evoking strength and boldness, but also warmth and comfort. The three women (left to right) represent strength/resilience, ideas/growth, and creative expression. Together they represent diversity and inclusivity, cooperation and togetherness, and growth through adversity. Silverton’s urban forestry is shown through the linden leaves, acorn, and other foliage, while the half-circles in the bottom of the mural represent grapes and nod to Silverton’s history of wine making. “We are all in this story together,” a line from Sally Atkins’ poem, Tell Me, She Said, was selected by members of Women Writing for (a) Change and Silverton residents to represent the broader community. What is your vision for this community? What symbolism represents Silverton to you?
Tamika Acoff, Jun Colter, Amy Guttmann Fuentes, Paul McGee, Grace Deal
The Village of Silverton,The Hamilton County Planning + Development,2018 Adopt-an-Apprentice Campaign Contributors, American Scaffolding, Inc., ArtWorks Board of Trustees
Women Writing for (a) Change, Meier’s Wine Cellars, Krimmer Italianette Pizzeria, and Caryl Hefley