The Daily Item
TURBOTVILLE — The Warrior Run School District and Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) will host a dedication ceremony, celebrating the completion of a 4,700-square-foot mural constructed on an outside wall of Warrior Run Middle School at 6:30 p.m. May 28. Created during a 75-day arts residency, the mural depicts the district’s name, its eagle mascot, and a timeline of local history in black and white transitioning to color.
Philadelphia Mural Artist Jon Laidacker, a 2000 graduate of Warrior Run High School, is the lead artist responsible for the design process and completion of this mural, along with his longtime friend and current Warrior Run High School art teacher Joel Ryder. Elementary, middle and high school students participated in researching, designing and painting the mural. This cross-curricular project encouraged students to learn elements of art, history, mathematics, computer applications and photography; as well as practice skills that stressed research, historical accuracy, communication, teamwork, art advocacy, and project management. In addition, the Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society provided historical guidance and several Community Paint Days were held to allow local residents the opportunity to participate.
The Warrior Run Mural residency was made possible by a cooperative partnership between PCCA and the Warrior Run School District, under the auspices of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Arts-in-Education program. PCCA has also contributed funds donated by American Sentinel Insurance, Davis Vision, DuMor, Inc., Eichelbergers, Inc., First National Bank of Mifflintown, First National Bank of PA, Orrstown Bank, PNC, Riverview National Bank, United Concordia 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 PCCA Art-in-Education Coordinator Amy Reed at (717) 567-7023 or Warrior Run School District director of curriculum and instruction Bernadette Boerckel at (570) 649-5138, ext. 5002. “Like” Jon Laidacker’s artist page on Facebook to view the photographic history of the mural www.facebook.com/jonlaidacker.