The Fine Arts Association and Project Hope Team Up on Mural Project

Families Moving Forward Handprints

The Fine Arts Association and Project Hope are collaborating on a mural project that will be painted on a wall in the dining hall of Project Hope’s newly expanded, renovated facility.

The painting of this mural will take place at Project Hope, 25 Freedom Road in Painesville on April 7 & 8 between the hours of 8:30 am – 12:30pm.

Diane Fleisch-Hughes, Visual Arts faculty and visual arts students from The Fine Arts Association will work to design and paint this work of art. The design of the artwork has been approved by Project Hope’s team.

The concept of the mural is a tree/landscape design. When Project Hope’s Families Moving Forward program was located at its previous location, the former family support specialist began working with all of the children to trace and cut out their hand prints onto a bulletin board. These handprints are now laminated. The new mural will incorporate the hands of all of the children who have come through the doors of Project Hope’s programs.

The tree so far shows the former work of art at the very beginning of the program, in March 2013. The families have been excited to see this grow. The new mural now incorporate many more hands as Project Hope has seen between 50 to 60 children each year who have arrived with a parent or guardian seeking emergency shelter.

When families used to come in to Project Hope, there was a noticeable difference between Project Hope’s facility, where it was more uniform and adult-oriented, and Families Moving Forward at their former location, where the facility was colorful and child-friendly. Through their recent expansion, Project Hope was able to bring that component back to 25 Freedom Road, giving families even more stability and safety.

According to Stephanie Devers, Communications Coordinator for Project Hope, incorporating this mural will help further the family friendly environment at their new facility.

If you’d like to know more about this collaborative project, Judy Burr would be the best contact person (her number is 440-354-6417 x107 or email, or Sarah Powell, family programming coordinator (440-354-6417 x112 or email

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold