More than 10,000 people have left their mark through painting on the Missouri Bicentennial mural. This unique mural project commemorating 200 years of Missouri statehood consists of 18 state symbols in various forms in front of the Missouri State flag.As the mural travels the state, Aaron Horrell and Barb Bailey, Best of Missouri Hands artists and Cape Girardeau natives, are focused on bringing people together to lend their hand to paint the mural. With a goal to complete the project by the summer of 2021, Horrell and Bailey are continuing to make stops in all regions of Missouri.
Their most recent stop was at the Missouri State Capitol on Wednesday, February 19 to allow both the public and legislators to leave their mark on the mural. The first person to add their mark was Missouri Governor Mike Parson and Miss Missouri, Megan Kelly. Legislators from across the state also painted a small piece of the state seal, as well as general members of the public, including Missouri’s 4-H legislative leadership class and the Vision Leadership Class from St. Charles County. In total, 182 people painted on the mural.
The painting was hosted outside of Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe’s office, who has been an advocate for the project since first adding his mark in Chaffee, Missouri in Scott County.
“The first time I heard about this project, I was in love with it,” Mike Kehoe, Missouri Lieutenant Governor said. “This project allows thousands of Missourians to participate in the Bicentennial, in a small but very meaningful way. The mural showcases things that make up our Missouri and it’s a great way to capture the things that our state offer. Ultimately, it gives every Missourian an opportunity to be involved personally in the Bicentennial.”
Paint-for-a-Cause will continue its travels around the state with public painting in March in Cape Girardeau at the Noon Optimists Chili Day on March 4 and school stops at Dent County Schools and Poplar Bluff Middle School. Other public painting events include April 16 – 19 at the Dogwood-Azalea Festival in Charleston and May 15 -17 at the Art and Wine Festival in Washington.
To learn more or to schedule a painting event in your area, visit https://mo2021mural.org or contact Horrell and Bailey by phone at 573-579-1000.