HAZARD — InVision Hazard, along with members of the community, participated in a community project that painted a mural on High Street in downtown Hazard on Feb. 6. Over 40 volunteers took part in the event. Organizers of the event hope the mural will inspire residents of Perry County and Hazard to take pride in their hometown and raise their spirits from recent job losses.
Artist Jenn Noble, one of the organizers of the mural painting, credits Izzy Broomfield with moving the project forward.
“We didn’t have much momentum before he got involved with it,” said Noble.
Broomfield and Noble met for lunch to discuss the project, and Noble said a week later, he had procured all the paint that was needed from the Housing Development Alliance. The HDA donated the paint for the project.
Noble designed the outline of the mural. InVision Hazard decided to let volunteers be creative with the painting of the mural and let them do what they wanted to with it.
“I loved what the kids put into it. They added a little dog, a whale and an octopus. It’s just really fun. Hopefully people can get lost into it and they can stop and look at it and see all the different aspects,” said Noble.
During the painting of the mural, Noble said that the community showed an overwhelming amount of support for the project. She said that cars slowed down to give the volunteers a thumbs up or they would smile, telling the painters that the mural looked good.
“It was nice to see that we were bringing a smile to people’s faces,” said Noble.
Local businesses stopped by and showed their support for the project. The Pantry Shelf donated free donuts to the volunteers.
Due to the recent economic turmoil, Noble feels that the community needs a boost in it’s spirit.
“I think beautification and art is very good for the spirit and very important to get people to feel hopeful about the future. Hopefully, the paintings do that,” said Noble.
She also hopes the mural will inspire other young artists in this area. Noble encourages young people to get involved with the community and come to some of InVision Hazard’s meetings.
“We want to hear their hopes and dreams for Hazard, their ideas, their presence, and become inspired,” said Noble.
Future plans are in the works for InVision Hazard to paint other murals around the town.
Noble and Jill Robertson returned on Feb. 22 to touch up the mural. They expect it to be completed within a few days.
March 7 will be the next meeting InVision Hazard will hold. Residents of Perry County/Hazard are urged to attend.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.