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Local artists painting murals to help healing in Black Forest

Published On: Jul 30 2013 02:39:51 PM CDT

Volunteers paint signs to go up along Black Forest Road and Shoup Road


Local artists and community volunteers are hoping to bring a little joy and hope to the Black Forest community.

The Black Forest Relief and Recovery Project along with local organization Concrete Couch started painting four murals on Monday.  Each mural spells out a words with artwork.  The words are regrow, restore, recover and rebuild.

Artist from Concrete Couch, K8e Orr, says these words are steps in the healing process.  "Art is really a coping skill.  I think art helps us heal and helps us express ourselves," said Orr.

"Our goal is to be done by the end of the week," said Cassandra Inman.

Cassandra Inman, board member with the Black Forest Relief and Recovery project, says she lost many of her families possessions when her in-laws home was destroyed.

"We had our stuff at one of their (properties) because we just bought a house in Colorado Springs and were moving," said Inman.

Inman said the project offers her 6-year-old daughter a way to help without being in the middle of fire cleanup.

Once finished, the murals will be displayed along the corner of Black Forest Road and Shoup Road.  Eventually, they will be displayed in a community park.

If you want to volunteer, they are painting the murals near the Black Forest Community Center from 9 a.m. until noon everyday from now until Friday.

For more information visit the Black Forest Relief and Recover Facebook page.


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