What happens when 200 people paint a mural?
The story of the Sitka Choose Respect Project. An idea that turned into a year long conversation and community art project about respect and the impact of bullying and domestic violence on individuals, families and communities.
The Sitka Choose Respect Mural involved over two hundred volunteers working with artists to create a 12 x 24’ mural. Even before locals picked up paintbrushes, middle school students used photography, theater and writing in a process called “beyond words” and community members of all ages were invited to share “invisible stories.” Filmmaker and Artchange Director, Ellen Frankenstein worked with students and local adults to create "Layers of Change," a 25-minute documentary made to encourage dialogue and to inspire other communities to take on similar social justice art projects.
Sample short from the Beyond Words Process.