Excerpt From The Daily Journal By Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – Our Artworks is refreshing its canvas.
Inspired by the revitalization of the West Jackson Street neighborhood, the nonprofit art program is polishing its building inside and out.
“We decided to do some sprucing up ourselves,” said William Heard, artist and Our Artworks founder.
The building at the corner of West Jackson Street and Clayton Avenue dates back to the 1950s. For nearly 20 years, the building was home to Daddy’s Duck gift shop owned by Heard’s mother, Susan Heard.
Our Artworks started in 2006 in the shop’s studio and took over the space entirely about five years ago. The group is funded in part from a state grant to provide a free art program for people who have traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries.
The work is starting inside with fresh paint on the walls and getting rid of years of flooring. Outside, the group is repairing the roof, painting and creating a green space in the alley off the northside of the building.
“I’ve talked to a few people, but we’re still looking for suggestions,” Heard said.
The goal is to create an eye-catching exterior that’s a credit to the neighborhood. Heard said he hopes people will send their ideas via the Our Artworks Facebook page.
“We want people to drive by and say ‘Wow, what is that place,’” Heard said.
A local carpenter whose brother participates in Our Artworks program has organized a crew to oversee the renovations at a discounted rate. The main cost is the supplies for repairs.
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