A graffiti-plagued fence at Pride Park is getting a make-over thanks to teachers and their student artists from five public schools in the Pride Park and Ten Oaks neighborhoods. They are painting murals of what their neighborhood means to them with the goal of beautifying their neighborhood, so as to develop pride and sense of place reflective of their overall community’s quality of life.
Daughtrey Elementary School, Oneco Elementary School and Harllee Middle School painted their concepts Saturday on October 6. Abel Elementary School and Southeast High School will work to complete their art concepts by National Night Out in Pride Park, an event scheduled for October 19 to reinforce confidence and promote ownership of their neighborhoods.
The project was sponsored by a $2,500 grant from Keep America Beautiful’s Graffiti Hurts program and a matching grant from Keep Manatee Beautiful. Partnering organizations include Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the School District of Manatee County and the Southeast Residents Association. Other contributors include the Manatee County Utilities Dept. Solid Waste-Recycling Section and Faith Bradburn Keller, an award winning artist and graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design.