On Nov. 26, 2013, the Embry-Ricker Community Center staff, residents and management joined with local artists and the Council for the Arts of Herndon to dedicate a new mural for the Center’s Common Room.
The Council for the Arts of Herndon was approached several months ago by Susan Alger, Volunteer Manager of the Embry-Rucker Community Shelter, with a request to fund the completion of a mural project for the residents of the shelter.
The project was appealing to the Board of Directors of the CAH because it provided the opportunity to support local underserved populations with works of public art.
The Embry-Rucker Shelter provides services for Herndon-area residents experiencing homelessness.
Ivan Young, a mosaic artist from Herndon, volunteers at the Shelter and came up with this idea to enrich the living space of the Shelter residents.
In collaboration with artist Anita Damron, and with input from other Shelter volunteers and residents of the Shelter, the mosaic was created and installed in a wooden wall divide.
The wall divide contains twenty panels installed in the main common area where residents gather for meals and meetings. The mosaic was designed to be removable, and can be reconfigured into a large square designed by the artists as an alternative, should the homeless shelter be relocated in the future.
The panels are particularly effective when viewed in the low natural light provided by the high windows.
The Council for the Arts of Herndon is the Town of Herndon’s officially designated local arts agency and is private, not-for-profit charitable organization supported by citizens, businesses and the public sector including the Town of Herndon and the Arts Council of Fairfax County.
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