community project intern
- social action campaign
- mural design + painting
Over the course of a month, I worked on designing and painting a mural with United Way, a non-profit from my hometown, Charlottesville, Virginia. United Way brings people from all backgrounds together to create a stronger and more vibrant community, so of course I was super excited about this project! For this project, we worked on designing a data mural that would boost community engagement on issues like housing, education, and health. We wanted to make sure people felt hopeful when walking away, so we included a response wall for people to share their ideas. A big part of this project was encouraging people to take photos in front of the mural, so the keyhole of the lock is about the size of a person.
This project gave me so much joy! People that didn’t know me at all came to help me execute the painting process. That’s what it’s all about. The Charlottesville I know comes together when someone needs help. First, we have to acknowledge the issues before we work on solving them.
Community members gather to discuss improving the city
BY RUTH SERVEN SMITH
AUGUST 8, 2019
"A colorful mural has bloomed over the concrete pavement of IX Art Park in recent days. Emily Anness designed and painted the blue, orange and yellow mural..."