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New Kuhn mural on wall of SHARE Center in Lexington to be officially dedicated this week


Artist Christine Kuhn of Lexington stands next to one of her murals at a bus shelter. Her new mural at the SHARE Center will be dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo from C.Kuhn/Facebook)

Artist Christine Kuhn of Lexington stands next to one of her murals at a bus shelter. Her new mural at the SHARE Center will be dedicated on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo from C.Kuhn/Facebook)

 
A new mural created by Lexington artist Christine Kuhn and painted on the brick wall of the SHARE Center at 572 Georgetown St. will be dedicated by Lexington officials and participants from the center on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. on the lawn across from the center.
 
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, city council member Shevawn Akers, Kuhn and director of the SHARE Center Subarah Dixon will speak. Children from the West End Community Empowerment Project will perform. Parking will be available at the Black and Williams Neighborhood Center of Bethel Baptist Church parking lots.
 
“I am thrilled to see the installation of this mural on what was formerly a white brick wall,” said Akers. “Christine’s artistry will add beauty and vibrancy to a major corridor and the surrounding neighborhood. I hope that it inspires everyone who sees it.”
 
The public was invited to share ideas and inspiration for the mural. Through this public discourse, it was decided that the mural should not only beautify the neighborhood, but also inspire and uplift the residents, both goals of the SHARE Center, according to LexArts, the nonprofit organization responsible for the mural project.
 
Services for Human Advancement and Resource Enhancement, or SHARE, is a social service and advocacy center for social justice that offers programs for the public and ex-offenders who have suffered social and financial setbacks. The center works to bring a sense of pride and community to the neighborhood and “to foster the building blocks for a brighter future.”
 
“My interest in community building goes back to my earliest days,” explains artist Christine Kuhn. “As the daughter of a poor and uneducated family, I was interested in overcoming fear and building bridges between different socioeconomic and educational groups. As the first person in my family to attend college and as a Westerner in a small African village during my Peace Corps service, I have experienced a lifetime of bridging cultural and economic gaps. I am truly proud to have earned this commission and hope that my work will truly make a difference in the lives of many.”
 
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The Lexington Mural Project began in 2008 when LexArts worked with neighborhood associations, LexTran, the YMCA and professional artists to create murals at Vine Street, North Limestone, Southland Drive and Loudon Avenue. A second installment of murals, completed in 2011, reveals special stories each neighborhood or community has to tell and the SHARE Center mural will build upon this theme.
 
From LexArts
 
You might also like to read the KyForward story about Kuhn and a Ballard Street mural she painted: Ballard Street mural furthers beautification efforts in western suburb neighborhood.


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