A local fitness studio has found a colorful way to show their love for the community they inhabit. CycleYOU is giving local students a unique opportunity to let their voices be heard through art this month with a mural that will change the face of one downtown street...
The popular cycling-based workout studio will be hosting children from area schools to pair with local artists to create a mural on the CycleYou parking lot walls on Corral Street in downtown Lexington on June 5th through 7th.
The idea was the brainchild of CycleYOU owner Noelle Dick, who says the reason behind the eventual-annual initiative is multi-layered.
“We want to be a part of the community and the neighborhood we’re in,” said Noelle of CycleYOU, which is in its third year of operation in their downtown location.
“If you drive by our building now, there is a tremendous amount of white space. We hope to eventually have that space covered by murals created by the kids growing up in this neighborhood. Hopefully they’ll feel a sense of pride every time they see it.”
CycleYOU put a call out to area schools, inviting them to have students submit artwork based on the theme “Mind, Body, Spirit.” Two submissions from students at Harrison and Ashland Elementary Schools – both within a two-mile radius of CycleYOU – were selected to be featured on the workout studio’s inaugural mural. Local artists Michelle Armstrong and Jeremy Burch will outline the mural based on the winning submissions, then guide the students and others to recreate the portraits on a much larger scale.
Michelle and Jeremy are both active in Lexington’s art scene and have a passion for developing artistic talent in local youth. Michelle teaches visual arts and media at Cardinal Valley Elementary School and has created public works of art in Lexington, including The Hive Mural (156 Deweese St.), the Gardenside Park Mural (located in the Kroger on Alexandria Dr.) and a mural at the HOPE Center. Jeremy, who is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music, is in the process of illustrating his second children’s book and is the artist behind murals at Ethereal Brewing, Megaminds Educare and the Amazon.com warehouse in Lexington.
Noelle also reached out to Lexington law enforcement officials to invite them to take part in the event, pairing them with the students to paint and create their works of art.
“I want these kids to have good interactions and relationships with police at a young age so they’re more apt to trust and believe in law enforcement as they get older,” she said. “We’ll have music playing and have our own staff on hand to give them a fun, creative atmosphere as they paint.”
Painting of the mural at CycleYOU will take place June 5th through 7th from 9am until noon each day at CycleYOU (165 Midland Avenue in Lexington). •
UPDATE: Check out the results!