WSU students are invited to participate in the painting a mural celebrating the Palouse.
During the next two weeks, WSU students will be given the opportunity to leave their mark on campus by assisting with the painting of a mural to be displayed in the Compton Union Building. The Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC) is collaborating with artist and activist Amy E. Bartell in the creation of the piece as part of Bartell’s Mural Project.
Bartell worked with GIESORC on a mural for the Student Recreation Center in 2002, she said. Both that piece and the one she is currently working on are based on imagery, traditions and the landscapes that are important to WSU and the Palouse.
“I hope it portrays the aspects of leadership, engagement and community that are near and dear to the hearts of students, staff and faculty here,” Bartell said. In creating the design for the project, she worked on the piece with a committee during the past few months, Bartell said. After several rounds of collaboration and modifications, they came up with the final design plan.
In the center of the mural is the Theodore Roosevelt quote, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Bartlett chose the quote to encourage people to make a difference no matter who they are, she said. They can start in their own community.
Everyone is encouraged to join her in painting the mural, she said.
“The Mural Project is not open to just art majors,” Bartlett said. “It’s open to everybody to participate in. So you don’t have to worry about any past or present creative experience. You just need to have a willingness to pick a paint brush in your hand and put a paint smock on and have the willingness to leave your mark, literally, on campus.”
Those interested in helping Bartlett with the mural can attend one of her open sessions in the CUB Lair throughout the next two weeks. The final piece will be unveiled Jan. 21.