The Rotary Club of Flagstaff was chartered on December 1, 1921, making the 2021-22 Rotary year our Centennial Year. As such, we wish to leave a lasting memorial to our club's long-time, myriad contributions to our community. We plan to create a large art project, a painted mural (possibly with tile mosaic accents), in downtown Flagstaff.
This fits in nicely with the City of Flagstaff's plans for increasing the number of art installations downtown, adding to the attraction of both local residents and out-of-town visitors. The downtown area is a very strong economic driver for the city. We have the initial blessing needed from City officials, as well as permission (and ardent support) of a local business owner, Peace Surplus Supplies, to use an entire exterior wall of their building.
An exciting aspect of our plans is to heavily involve local Interactors at Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy (FALA). The project will be overseen by an art teacher at FALA. Students will submit proposals for the mural, offering the students a real-world chance for creativity and design which can be used on college and work applications. Our club will offer the winning design a prize and our club members will help in the planning, design selection, and hands-on painting and clean-up.
Our theme will be volunteerism/civic engagement, clearly in accord with Rotary's Service Above Self mantra. We can also highlight the work and collaboration of the many nonprofits and charitable organizations in our community. Although the City told us not to produce "a commercial for Rotary (or any other organization)," we will be allowed to include some Rotary symbols and a plaque commemorating our centennial.
During the prep and painting process, we will provide signage nearby, which includes a high-traffic area, and will wear Rotarians-at-Work apparel. We will publicize the project through social media (Interactors are very adept at that), several City publications, Chamber of Commerce outlets, and our club website. Our club's Public Image director will coordinate these efforts.
This project truly is WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN - for many years to come!
* Rotary and Interact win;
* City of Flagstaff wins;
* FALA students win;
* a downtown business owner wins;
* Flagstaff residents and visitors win!
We will be submitting two district grant applications for 2021-22. As this one is our primary centennial year project, we consider it a first priority for consideration this Rotary year.
Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)
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