Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr., Center Mural Project
Mural Design Submission Opportunity!
NEW DEADLINE: Aug 14
"Building a Better, More Just and Equitable World"
The Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team, in partnership with Lane Arts Council and Boys & Girls Club, welcomes all middle school students who live in FAN or who attend Arts & Technology Academy, to submit design ideas for a mural that will be painted in Fall 2020!
The mural will be the third work of art painted on the exterior of the community center that Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley call home. The murals celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr. The third mural will be on the west side of the building, on the left.
Dr. Coleman was a University of Oregon professor, musician, civil rights activist, writer, and community and campus organizer. These murals not only represent Dr. Coleman’s great work through his life, but also the legacy he left for all of us to carry forward: building a better, more just and equitable world. What would a more just and equitable world look like, and how can we each do our part to make it happen?
Students who are interested in participating should follow these steps:
Thank you for contributing your thoughts, ideas, and art to make this the perfect third mural to complete the Coleman Center Mural Project. With your help we will cover the community center in beautiful imagery that carries Dr. Coleman’s legacy forward for years to come!
Thank you to all who have helped the Dr. Edwin Coleman Jr. Center Mural Project to be a huge success!
Friendly Area Neighbors Equity Action Team
Dr. Edwin Coleman, Jr.
Dr. Edwin Coleman passed away in January 2017. Dr. Coleman was an educator, musician, community activist, and family man. He was a leader in Eugene advocating for human and civil rights for more than 50 years. He was a tenured member of the faculty of the University of Oregon's English Department where he taught and mentored students and fellow colleagues. He served as a Track and Field official and was a staunch Duck fan. His heavy and impactful involvement in the issues affecting the local African American community led to numerous positive changes in the condition of local race relations. He was an instrumental force in the NAACP, the Lane County Democratic Party, the naming of MLK, Jr. Blvd. and the dedication of Rosa Parks Plaza in downtown Eugene. Dr. Coleman's imprint on the thousands of lives he touched in Eugene is immeasurable. This honor reflects one of the places in Eugene he loved most: the Westmoreland Park and Community Center where he raised his family and spent countless hours volunteering his time and resources to the betterment of all Eugene.