Benjamin Franklin Mural Project
FHN + Stanton Center Youth
December 3, 2017
Annapolis Collection Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Future History Now collaborated with fifteen 6 to 12-year old youth from the Stanton Center in the creation of a multi-panel mural. Each young artist was assigned with painting an 18x18 inch canvas. There were 20 canvases in all, each marked by a pre-drawn sketch by our team of artist-teachers. Each sketch represented a quadrant that, when screwed together in a particular order, depicted a realistic portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The youth had a vague idea that the assembled canvases would make up a single composition, but were unaware of the subject and the monumental presence the final painting would command.
This painting represents many parts, or synechdoche, necessary in creating the whole - a community coming together for the common good.
The final mural was hung on the stage during the Mayoral Inauguration on December 4, 2017, and then was exhibited in Annapolis’ City Hall during the month of Januray and Februarly , 2018.