The project was part of the school’s first-ever mural-focused course led by Angelia Wilson, an assistant professor of communications art and design at LMC. The students painted the murals in buildings on the Grandfather Home for Children campus. The Grandfather Home is operated by the Children’s Hope Alliance, a nonprofit that serves the needs of hurting children and families in the region.
First approached by Grandfather Home for Children Principal Matthew Gaunt in 2018, Wilson said she wanted to bring a mural course to Lees-McRae to not only teach students the techniques needed, but also to give back to the community.
“When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped on it immediately,” she said.
The seven murals—found in the hallways of the home’s gymnasium—depict everything from Volkswagen buses and rainbows inspired by 1970s disco to views of mountains and rivers featuring classic cartoon characters like Bambi and Pepe Le Pew. All of the paintings were original designs conceptualized by the students in the course.