New mural carries message of unity

April 15, 1997


Staff Writer

Chris Trumpower and Nick Seibert came up with a mural theme that carries a message of unity.

The 8-foot by 30-foot mural by Career Studies Center art students will cover the north wall of the railroad overpass across from the new Washington County Commuter bus stop on West Washington Street.

Paintings of five children of different races and genders will be painted beneath the canopy of a symbolic rainbow.

Within that rainbow are the words "Be Colorblind.'' On either side of the children are the messages "Seal Your Children's Fate'' and "Teach Them Not To Hate.''

While Seibert, 16, and Trumpower, 17, both South Hagerstown High School students, came up with the idea for the mural, the other junior students of Career Studies art teacher Amy Deboinville concurred.


"It's an important message,'' Trumpower said.

All the students, about a dozen of them including two seniors, will do the painting when work begins in May, Deboinville said.

The project is a joint venture - The Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown mayor and City Council and CSC. Funding will come from all three sources.

Hagerstown Mayor Steven T. Sager and Councilman William Breichner attended Monday's unveiling of the mock-up of the mural.

"I like the `Be Colorblind' idea, it's very positive,'' Sager said. Admitting he was a little hesitant about the other messages, he came around after talking with the students.

Deboinville said she expects the project to take two or three weeks with students working 5 1/2-hour days.

"Weather shouldn't be a factor since they will be covered under the overpass and it will be warmer in May,'' Deboinville said.

Barbara Spicher Bland, executive director of the Arts Council, said she was pleased with the art work and the theme that the students came up with.

"It's a very important public art project that makes a real statement about our community,'' Bland said. "And thousands will see it.''

This mural will be the second such venture by the Arts Council, Bland said. The first was a mural that covers the front of the vacant Routzahn's building in downtown Hagerstown, done by several independent muralists.

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