Help make the outside of Wolf Pup Learning Center reflect the creativity, diversity & FUN that happens on the inside by supporting our efforts to hire world renowned artist Shawn McCann to create a mural on the building!
Thank you for making this mural come to life. We had a great party last night! Check out the photos on our facebook page!
We couldn't have done it without you!
In 2019 the city remodeled the inside of the old Post Office building and leased it to Wolf Run Village, Inc. for expanding childcare and education in Watford City, a much needed resource. The former post office became the home of Wolf Pup Pre-School Learning Center Preschool. While the interior of the building was remodeled, the exterior was not and is in need of beautification. (Some people still visit thinking it's a post office!)Wolf Pup Learning Center approached the Long X Arts Foundation for help in developing a plan to create a mural on the Learning Center that would reflect the students and the important work they do on the inside of the building. The Long X Arts Foundation and Wolf Pup Learning center gathered a group of parents and teachers and established the mural committee with the goal of hiring a professional artist to help the students and teachers design a mural that would reflect the students and the learning and fun that happens within their walls. The committee wanted to make this more than just beautification of a building, but also a way for the students and community to engage with a professional artist through unique art curriculum and give the students a chance to learn first-hand about how art can connect people while demonstrating to the community how art engages our youth and serves as a connection and a way to tell and celebrate our stories.
Artist Shawn McCann, a native of eastern North Dakota and a renowned chalk and mural artist, has agreed to serve as an artist in residence at the preschool in May. As an artist in residence, he will stay in the community for the duration of 2 to 3 weeks and will work with the preschool students, teachers, parents and community members to develop a mural that celebrates the diversity of the students who, at one time, came from all 50 states and over 20 countries. Before Shawn's arrival, he has worked with the Wolf Pup Learning Center's teachers and committee members to come up with a preliminary design that has been approved by Watford City City Council and the Building Committee.
Shawn has agreed to work directly with these preschool students in the classroom throughout his residency, teaching lessons on color, design and inspiration. He will ask the students to reflect on "What does it mean to make the world a better place?" and then draw a photo description of it. Some of the students' work, and/or an interpretation of the students' work, will be featured in the official design! He has also agreed to find a way to get the students, parents and the community involved in painting and executing the mural, likely through scheduled community and parent paint days. The students, although young, have and will play a key leadership role as they serve as inspiration for the outcome.
When the mural is complete and when the weather allows, we are planning a chalk-fest celebration and unveiling ceremony outside in the parking lot of Wolf Pup Learning Center that will include music, treats, recognition, sidewalk chalk painting and other hands-on art activities for the students as well as the community as a whole.
Other funding sourcesThis project has been financially supported by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Long X Arts Foundation, the Rough Rider Fund and an Arts Midwest Resiliency Grant. It has also been awarded the Governor's Main Street Vibrancy Grant. We need your help to reach our ultimate fundraising goal to not only make the mural great, but the celebration great as well!
Thank you and please pass on!
For more information about Shawn's art history and experience, visit www.shawnmccann.com
For more information about how the Long X Arts Foundation visit longxarts.com
Donate via check/cash/in personIf you prefer to give in person or via check, make checks payable to: Long X Arts Foundation and send them to Long X Arts Foundation PO Box 1739 Watford City, ND 58854
Money may also be dropped at the Long X Arts Office in the Rough Rider Center or with Mrs. Frick in the Preschool.Make sure to include in the memo "Preschool Mural Donation" so your money can be properly distributed.
Thank you for all your help reaching our goal to complete this beautiful mural. Now help us CELEBRATE!
Monday, May 24 3:30-6:00 PM
Ribbon Cutting at 5:00 PM
FREE T-SHIRTS for the first 25 kids who arrive sponsored by FN High Quality!
Meet the artist Shawn McCann and watch him put the finishing touches on the mural. Enjoy cotton candy, Sno Cones, lemonade and popcorn, create with sidewalk chalk, play yard games, get your face painted, blow bubbles, dance to the music and enjoy this wonderful new addition to the community!
Thank you to Watford City Parks and Rec for the yard games.
This project has been financially supported by private community donations (THANK YOU), North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Long X Arts Foundation, the Rough Rider Fund and an Arts Midwest Resiliency Grant. It has also been awarded the Governor's Main Street Vibrancy Grant.
Thank you to the City of Watford City for helping get the building ready for paint!
Thank you so much to everyone who donated and set us over our fundraising goal in record time today! We can't wait to see the building transformed, thanks to your generosity and support! Make sure to drive by and watch it in action.
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