Sending Words of Love and Hope to Newtown

There is great healing power in love-and through art. Nichole Blackburn of Celadon Studios combines both and channels them through her non-profit organization Big Sky Countries, which allows her to travel extensively, creating inspiring donation murals for disadvantaged children worldwide.

When Nichole, a long time customer of Royal Design Studio and Modello Designs, approached us about contributing stencils to her latest mural effort, we couldn't say yes fast enough. This week, Nichole is completing an empowering donation mural at the Newtown Youth Academy. NYA is the not-for-profit sports & fitness center that provided a media-free safe haven to Newtown families following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December.  Nichole's work will transform several of the facility’s ‘sterile’ walls into scenes that elicit the spirit of those that come to enjoy the facility’s services and the entire Newtown community:  strong, vibrant, courageous, and healthy. 

Nichole says, “I was moved by the fact the NYA gave parents a safe place to bring their children to play with friends, free from televisions and news crews… Sharing the same value as Big Sky Countries, I knew I wanted to help the NYA in their journey of cultivating an environment where kids can be kids.”

 

Top to bottom: Kristen, Eric, Christine, Lizelly, Melanie, Derek, Danelle, Stacy, Valeria, James, Krista, Katie. Not shown but there in spirit: Maynard, Tony, Anthony, Jerome, and Ernesto

Nichole asked us to donate the logo and word stencils that she will be incorporating into her mural work. In the spirit of love and support for both Nichole and the Newtown community our team here decided to use those same words to send a special message to the NYA team and all those who rely on their facilities and outreach.

We are thrilled to be a small part of the healing process for this community that was struck by unimaginable tragedy almost a year ago and are so proud to be involved with Nichole's artistic outreach through Big Sky Countries. Stay tuned for more details and pics from Nichole's Newtown Mural project!

YOU can help Nichole continue to spread love through art by making a donation to Big Sky Countries here.

 

 


5 Comments

Kay
Kay

October 11, 2013

Reaffirms my faith in humanity. Thank you to Nichole and Royal Design Studio for being bright spots in our sometimes very torn world.

Kay

Katie from Royal Design Studio
Katie from Royal Design Studio

October 11, 2013

What a great idea Alisa! I will update mine too.

Katie from Royal Design Studio
Katie from Royal Design Studio

October 11, 2013

We can’t wait to see the pictures. Wish we were there, but are so grateful to be a part of this project!

Alisa Farley
Alisa Farley

October 11, 2013

I have made that creative expression of compassion my desktop image! Thank you so much… Newtown could not be more grateful!

Nichole
Nichole

October 11, 2013

Just love this, Melanie and Regina! We are putting up Modellos with the teens next week and I will send you photos. Everyone is just beyond appreciative for your generosity…And the NYA loves using the Modellos. So easy and great results. Bravo!

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