The El Salvador mural that lines the L/L concourse walkway is in the process of being updated. For those that are not aware, three murals are on the wall, with the El Salvador mural in between the Earth Day and 9/11 murals. We recognize that the El Salvador mural has been a mainstay of the UVM community for over twenty years and that many people feel a strong connection to the mural. However, because of its age the mural shows significant signs of wear, which is why it has become the focus of the efforts of an SGA Ad-Hoc committee collaborating with L/L staff. There is a major opportunity for community input in this process. Our goal is to facilitate the creation of a powerful and beautiful mural that the community values, respects, and feels connected to, as was the case with the El Salvador mural at the time of its creation.
The SGA Ad-Hoc Committee is seeking community participation in this process. We plan to fashion this project into a four-step contest, open to the UVM community, in order to get as much community input as possible with regards to updating the mural. For the first step of our process we will gather ideas about what the theme of the new mural should be. Once these themes aresubmitted and similar themes are combined, we will publish a poll whereby members of the UVM community will vote on the themes that were submitted. Once the theme for the mural is selected, we will solicit art submissions that are relevant to the theme that was chosen. After receiving those submissions, the UVM community will be able to vote on them to determine which design is best suited to represent our University. The design that gets the most votes in this last poll will ultimately be what appears on the L/L wall for years to come. Once a design has been chosen by the UVM community, the SGA committee will work with the artist to plan the actual painting of the mural. Once the painting of the new mural is planned out, the El Salvador mural will be removed and the painting of the new mural will commence.
At this time we would like to move forward with this process by initiating the first step. We welcome all ideas for themes for the new mural. We ask that the proposed themes have a strong appeal to our community and to the world in which we live, and that they have a powerful message as did the El Salvador mural.