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August 2, 2013
The Salvation Army appreciates young artists from Camp Tikkun Olam for their diversity mural to be placed in the Social Service Offices
WHAT: Ribbon cutting unveiling new mural on diversity
WHEN: Friday, August 2, 1:00 PM
WHERE: The Salvation Army Social Service Offices, 2140 East 28th Street
Camp Tikkun Olam is a one-week day camp designed to provide middle school-age children with opportunities to provide service to others and to understand the positive differences they can make in their community. Each morning campers will have an educational learning experience followed by a service activity in the community during the afternoon. Camp Tikkun Olam is a joint program of Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene and the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga.
"When designing the mural we wanted to focus on promoting diversity and a sense of community in a less traditional way than it is often represented. You often see diversity murals represented by a group of diverse people or a globe and we wanted to step away from these ideas and find a different path. We decided that the best representation of these concepts was through birds because not only is there a diverse population of birds, but they form a local and global community.
Birds are used to represent many things depending on the type of bird and the situation, but they are often a symbol of hope and a connection between the physical and spiritual. Not only do birds encompass the concepts behind the project, but they can be fun to draw and come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, making them visually interesting and fun to paint.
We wanted to keep the project simple and interesting for the kids with abstracted, geometric birds and brightly colored paint, but still create something meaningful. In the end each child is able to paint their own bird on a square of foam core board, which will then be put together with the other squares to form a sort of quilt of birds which will be hung in the hallway of the Salvation Army for everyone to see. The children can find their own bird (or birds if they were able to complete more than one) and see the part that it plays in the bigger picture - the same way each person living in a place contributes to their community."- Bonnie Babb-Cheshul of Camp Tikkun Olam
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
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