“If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.”
This African proverb is emblazoned in smooth script across the outer wall of the Juanita Butler Community Center, as a part of a new mural around which the community gathered for a dedication ceremony this past weekend.
But many of those same community members didn’t have to be reminded of the mural’s beauty, because they painted it themselves.
Residents from the Greater Sullivan, Haynie-Sirrine, Green Avenue and West End neighborhoods came together back in August to participate in a community mural painting day. The paint-by-numbers style mural was created with the guidance of the Blank Canvas Mural Company.
The result is a massive and colorful mural that incorporates images reflecting the rich history and vibrant future of the neighborhoods. Sterling High School and AJ Whittenburg Elementary School are feature prominently, as are Juanita and Horace Butler Senior themselves, who paved the way for the community center.
For the mural dedication ceremony, city representatives were joined by Arts in Public Places Commission Chair Sean Scoopmire; artist Adam Schrimmer, who owns the Blank Canvas Mural Company and guided the mural’s creation; and members of the Greater Sullivan, Haynie-Sirrine, Greenville Avenue and West End neighborhood associations.
Funding was provided by the Grant Assistance Partnership, a joint initiative of the City of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment authority, as well as the Arts in Public Places Commission.