On Monday, Jan. 17, the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center will have a Day Of Service in celebration of MLK Day. They will unveil the design for the very first full color, community-based mural in the City of Natchitoches. The day will consist of preparing the mural site for paint and cleaning up the area surrounding the Legacy Garden where the mural will be located. Edgar Campos, local artist and graduate of NSU’s Art Department, is leading the project which is inspired by agriculture and the Natchitoches community.
During the event, food, music, entertainment, and activities for young children will be provided. Although no actual painting will take place during this day, individuals will be able to sign-up to participate in the future mural painting days.
The event will start at 2 PM and run until 4 PM. BDJ Staff says any time you have, even if it is just 15 minutes, will be appreciated and will help make a difference. If you are unable to join the day of the event, another way to contribute is via donation. Get more information about the project by contacting the staff at the Ben Johnson Educational Center at 318-460-7460.
The Ben D. Johnson Educational Center, (BDJ Center) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and pillar in the West Natchitoches community. The BDJ Center’s Legacy Youth Workforce Development program provides culinary training, career development, life and leadership skills, and support to overcome barriers to employment for young people ages 17-24 who are out of work and out of school.