Arlington Park Receives Some Artistic Love

Shown is Chet Aikens, assistant to councilwoman Joyce Morgan speaking at the dedication.
Recently city officials and community partners gathered at Arlington’s’ Warrington Park to dedicate two new murals created by the Arlington 20/20 initiative.
“These works of public are to represent the time and effort of dozens of children and adults in this neighborhood, who are passionate about seeing this park brought back to life as a safe and thriving part of the community,” said Dr. Joy Hervey, CEO of Revitalized Arlington and Arlington 20/20 Steering Committee Chair.
A wall mural entitled “Dream Big” painted on the community center, captured the ideas of children who attend a summer art program in partnership with the Arts Corner Kidz Network.  The “Fly High,” basketball court mural is a stylized portrait of Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American female to obtain a pilots license. Coleman has ties to Jacksonville, where she took her final fatal flight, and is widely believed to be the inspiration for Norman Studios film, “The Flying Ace.”

The murals are part of Arlington 20/20 initiative revitalization of the parks two unused buildings at the Woodland acres I.M.P.A.C.T. Dream Center that will provide family strengthening and economic mobility services, including literary, health and wellness support and after school and summer programming. Professional artist Nicole Holderbaum signed the mural in collaboration with community members, who also participate in the painting.  The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and the City of Jacksonville Neighborhoods Department provided financial support for the project. Additional support for the mural project was provided by various sponsors and community organizations, led by Arlington councilwoman Joyce Morgan. For more on Revitalization Arlington, Inc. and Arlington 20/20 visit Shown is Chet Aikens, assistant to councilwoman Joyce Morgan speaking at the dedication.

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