Connectivity Through Public Art and Transportation
“Communities are only as good as the collaborative partnerships formed by connective relations” stated, Vice-Mayor Bridget Binsbacher, City of Peoria Wednesday afternoon, April 3rd. The occasion was a community ribbon cutting ceremony and mural dedication hosted by Northwest Valley Connect, (NVC) a nonprofit transportation organization servicing seniors 65 years and older, those with disabilities and veterans in west valley communities.
The event was attended by many local officials and dignitaries including members of NVC Board of Directors representing an array of community resources and supporters along with many NVC volunteers who provide mobility services without cost for ride requests.
NVC Board Chair Bonnie Boyce-Wilson opened the ceremony with kind words that recognized the accomplishments of transportation services to west valley communities. Vice- Mayor Roland Winters, City of Surprise added comments in support. Also, part of the celebration were Council Member Nancy Hayden, Surprise, Council Member Vicki Hunt, Peoria and Lisa Gray from Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s office who were all acknowledged for their continued support.
WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) artist Heather Young was celebrated for directing the work on the beautiful full-length mural painted on the outside wall of the offices of NVC and the adjoining painted tire planters intergenerational project. She coordinated a team of senior citizens from Surprise, Sun City and Sun City West and teens from Ombudsman High School in Peoria to design and create the mural of NVC’s logo with the map of their service area in the background. A bus with the handprints from the entire artist team was painted on the garage door. The mural and the tire planter intergenerational project were made possible through a grant from the City of Peoria Arts Commission.
During her speech, Vice-Mayor Binsbacher stated how “exciting it is to see how the very important community services in art and transportation came together for this project.”
She further states, “Public Art through the Peoria Arts Commission is very much a focus for the City of Peoria. A support that attributes inspiration and encouragement for a “quality of life” for our residents. Transportation is so important for connecting people to resources and we recognize the void NVC fills in the transportation gaps experienced by our senior residents. The mural represents a connectivity of public art and transportation that contributes to healthy viable communities locally and nationally”.
Northwest Valley Connect is connecting our community with transportation solutions. For more information, to volunteer or to donate call 623-282-9300 or visit www.northwestvalleyconnect.org.