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Earlier this week, Girls Inc.of Central Alabama unveiled a beautiful new mural that welcomes girls and visitors to their Birmingham Crestwood neighborhood campus.
The 80 feet long and 7 feet tall (at certain places along the site) mural was designed and painted by local artist Merrilee Challiss. It is located along the driveway of Girls Inc.’s Crestwood Center.
“This mural is a visual representation of our mission – to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,” said Connie Hill, President and CEO od Girls Inc. “Not only will it be the first thing girls and their parents see when they come to Girls Inc., it will be something for the entire neighborhood to enjoy.”
Along with the mural’s bright eye-popping colors, Challiss also included images of butterflies into the piece, which symbolizes the girls’ transition to adulthood, according to the description of the mural on the Girls Inc. website. Some of the girls in the after-school program were even able to participate in creating the mural by adding their hand print “butterflies” onto painted flowers.
National Conference in 2020
The completion of the mural is perfect timing for the local Girls, Inc. affiliate, which will be hosting the National Girls, Inc. conference in 2020. Birmingham’s local Girls Inc. has been serving girls and families since 1938, and it is has been a United Way partner agency since 1954.
Here are photos taken by Bham Now of the new mural.
Strong, Smart and Bold
The mural is a perfect daily reminder of Girls Inc.’s daily mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
Feel free to visit the mural at 5130 8th Court South
Birmingham, AL 35212 – which is the Crestwood campus. Learn more about Girls Inc. and the important work they do at https://www.girlsinccentral-al.org/
To see more artwork by Merrilee Challiss, visit her website at www.merrileechalliss.com.