September 2, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL | It takes three to five days to transform a wall from an empty canvas into an image of empowerment. That gives spectators a window of time through which they can watch artist Derek Donnelly create a mural for CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), the official domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County. The new mural will be painted on the eastern wall at CASA’s thrift store from Sept 5 – 10. The finished work will be revealed at a special Mural Unveiling event on September 12, from noon to 2pm at CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe, 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Sept. 12 Mural Unveiling Event will feature a “meet the artist” and music. The public can learn more and stay up to date using the Facebook event page through this link: www.casa-stpete.org/mural.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with CASA, which is such a vital organization,” said muralist Derek Donnelly. “Helping people is an integral part of my mission as an artist, and I can’t think of a better organization to accomplish that with.”
CASA’s mural project received generous grant support from the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, and is being painted in conjunction with the Shine Mural Festival and SPF15. “Our art community has shown incredible solidarity with CASA’s mission,” said Shandra Riffey, Acting Executive Director of CASA. “Earlier in the year we received pieces from over one hundred local artists to help make our recently opened domestic violence shelter a warmer place of healing. With the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and Derek Donnelly’s support, that same message of support and possibility will also adorn the walls at CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe.”
More information on the mural unveiling event can be found at www.casa-stpete.org/mural. To learn about other CASA, stories, news and events, subscribe to the CASA Connection e-newsletter at www.casa-stpete.org/subscribe.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the Mural Unveiling event is meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the event by contacting Sue Nichols at 727-895-4912 or TTY: 272-828-1269.
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in southern Pinellas county.
CASA’s vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place. CASA’s mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.