The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 11, 2013

Community Paint Days


The Daily Item

— TURBOTVILLE — At the recent Warrior Run Heritage Days, hundreds of community members became a part of history by helping to paint a historic mural that will soon be installed on the outside wall of Warrior Run Middle School. In response to the overwhelming enthusiasm for this educational project, community members are invited to additional “Community Paint Days” on Oct. 19 and Nov. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Warrior Run Middle School. Community Paint Days are free and everyone is invited to paint a part of history. This event is recommended for ages 5 and up. Supplies are provided.

Philadelphia Mural Artist Jon Laidacker is a 2000 graduate of Warrior Run High School and returns to his hometown to work with longtime friend and current Warrior Run High School art teacher Joel Ryder. He acquired a bachelor of science in studio art from Mansfield University and a masters in fine arts from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Since 2006, Jon has been a professional artist with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He recently was the lead muralist on How Philly Moves, the third largest mural in the world, at the Philadelphia International Airport.

This arts residency was made possible with funding support from many different entities. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts granted funds through its Regional Partner, the Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA), which coordinates and evaluates arts residencies in seven Central PA counties. PCCA has also contributed funds donated by DuMor, Inc., Capital Blue Cross, Riverview National Bank, First National Bank of Mifflintown, American Sentinel Insurance, Orrstown Bank, and Davis Vision through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. Warrior Run School District also donated funds from Muncy Bank through the EITC Program.

For more information, contact Perry County Council of the Arts’ Art-in-Education Coordinator Amy Reed at (717) 567-7023 or Warrior Run School District’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction Bernadette Boerckel at (570) 649-5138, ext. 5002. Learn more about mural artist Jon Laidacker and track the mural’s progress by “liking” his artist page on facebook (www.facebook.com/jonlaidacker).