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.