WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) – Saturday morning in Waynesboro, kids started making their mark downtown.
The Blue Ridge Children’s Museum wants to finish painting the last side of its exterior, but they wanted this wall to be different.
“We painted the other three sides of the building, and we left this side for the kids in the community to paint together,” said Karen Orlando, founder and president of the Blue Ridge Children’s Museum.
Children drew pictures of flowers and bugs that will be turned into a mural on the fourth wall of the building.
The idea came from an unlikely source.
Murals can be seen on many buildings in this part of Waynesboro, such as the one next to the children’s museum, which was used as inspiration for the final wall of the museum.
“The beautiful large mural in the back, we’re including it. The flowers in his mural gave us the idea of oh let’s get more flowers and then bugs and flowers,” said Chicho Lorenzo, the muralist who paints this mural.
The Blue Ridge Children’s Museum built from the ground up.
They are a non-profit organization still looking to complete its brick and mortar building, but after setbacks from COVID, Orlando decided to do things differently.
“Instead of working on the building inside and out, we’re working outside because we wanted to get the program up and running as soon as possible for these families of young children,” Orlando said.
The exterior has a playground and garden for children to enjoy while the interior of the building is being finished.
Lorenzo will bring the paintings to life in the first half of September and will be done in about a month. He said submissions are welcome until the last day he paints.
“It’s about sharing enthusiasm, sharing the joy of art and therefore the joy of life,” Lorenzo said.
Orlando says she is grateful to Friends of the Blue Ridge and all the community sponsors and help for funding this and other projects for the museum.
She said that they need donations as the prices of things for the museum have gone up.
If you would like to donate to the Blue Ridge Children’s Museum or submit a drawing of your own, visit them on Facebook and Instagram.
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