The national mural project "Girl Noticed" will feature two former refugees who have built new lives in Lincoln. The public is invited to watch the mural being created in a 9- to 12-hour session Saturday, August 27 on the south/"N" Street wall of the new Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and Health 360 Integrated Care clinic at 23rd and "O" streets.
The City of Lincoln is bringing artist Lori Pratico and photographer Elizabeth Sanjuan to the Capital City for the project, which shows the "hidden strength and importance of women in our society." The two women who will be depicted in the mural are:
Pratico will also speak at Indigo Bridge Books, 701 "P" Street, at 7 p.m. Friday, August 26. On Saturday, the Lux Center for the Arts will have its Art Van de Lux in the Elliott Elementary School parking lot at 23rd and "N" streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Parking will be available at the Health 360 lot and the Elliott l lot. The project will also be featured on the City's cable television access channels, 5 CITY-TV and 10 Health TV. If the weather is bad Saturday, Pratico will create the mural on canvas in the portable classroom at Elliott Elementary.
More information about the project and a video about the "Girl Noticed" visit to Lincoln are available at girlnoticed.com. The City is partnering with NeighborWorks Lincoln and Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska on the project, and the Community Health Endowment is also supporting the project. No City funds are being used for the project.
Pratico hopes the project reaches all 50 states. At the end of the three-year project, the story of her experience along with Sanjuan's photos of the murals will be published in a book.