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Celebrating Art and Community: The Unveiling of a Beautiful Mural at Manna Soup Kitchen


Artist Maddie Sanders, the team at Manna Soup Kitchen and Tom Donley (Walls) attend the unveiling.

We are thrilled to share the heartwarming success of our recent community-driven mural project at Manna Soup Kitchen! During the month of June 2023, over 50 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds came together to transform the entrance of Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango, Colorado into a vivid masterpiece that celebrates the power of community and the spirit of giving. Under the guidance of the talented local muralist, Maddie Sanders, the project exemplifies the magic that unfolds when passion and creativity meet unity and purpose.




The Power of Community


The mural's creation truly exemplifies the power of community spirit. Inspired by Manna's mission of providing nourishing meals and supportive services with love and acceptance, volunteers poured their hearts into every brushstroke, reflecting the essence of our diverse and compassionate community. From little monsters barely up to our knees to seasoned artists and everyone in between, each person's unique contribution played a significant role in shaping the mural's vibrant and captivating narrative. As a result, the mural reflects not only the values of Manna Soup Kitchen but also the collective essence of our community, making it a true labor of love.


Beauty in Collaboration


The process of creating this beautiful mural was a testament to the power of collaboration. Volunteers, donors, and local partners rallied together to provide support, materials, and inspiration. The Walls Project, with its extensive experience in executing mural projects, ensured smooth coordination and organization. The mural, a collective effort, symbolizes the interconnectedness of our community, demonstrating that when we come together, we can achieve something truly remarkable.


Unveiling and Celebration


The mural unveiling at Manna Soup Kitchen took place on August 4, 2023. The volunteers and residents enjoyed live entertainment, delicious refreshments, and opportunities to take photos with the mural.


The unveiling of this beautiful mural stands as a testament to the transformative power of community-driven projects. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the volunteers, partners, and donors who made this remarkable achievement possible.




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