- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) - Using brush strokes and bright, colorful paint, some Clay County residents are working to instill Brazil pride and “recreate community.”

A new mural is being created on the side of a building in Brazil, spearheaded by Brazil Main Street, a local nonprofit organization that works to promote downtown Brazil.

“What we’re trying to do is recreate community,” said Lee Lewis, Brazil Main Street president. Through the mural and other events, Brazil Main Street hopes to create fellowship and pride.

“We want kids and adults to love this city,” she told the Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1uw2maw ).

“We’re invested in this community, we believe in it” and they want to share that passion with community members, she added.

On Wednesday, artist Danielle Bruce was busy working on the mural on the side of the Clay County Search and Rescue building at 525 E. National Ave.

The mural - which is about halfway done - tells the history of Brazil and features some symbols of the city, along with the words, “Brazil Welcomes You.”

It has images of a church building, farm lands, service personnel, the historic U.S. 40, the fountain at the entrance of Forest Park and bands that show Brazil as a city of music.

Some residents may also recognize the image of the “Cabana Girl,” who appeared on a 1950s sign along U.S. 40, which welcomes visitors to Brazil.

The artist wanted to communicate to all who see the mural that “there is a great town here.” She hopes to inspire people to become more involved, create a sense of community and connect residents with each other. She also wanted to present Brazil in an imaginative and fun perspective.

“I hope that people, when they pass (the mural), that they’ll keep discovering new things in it,” said Bruce, who has a degree in art history and art education from Indiana State University. She also has 20 years’ experience in her field.

Bruce started working on the mural in July. It is scheduled to be completed in September. The mural was made possible by a $4,000 grant that Brazil Main Street received from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Lewis said.

Organizers hope the mural will show Brazil as a “cool town.”

“We are worthwhile; we have something to offer,” Lewis said of the mural’s message.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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