The Ben D. Johnson Center’s Community Mural is Unveiled to the Public

After weeks of community effort under the direction of artist Edgar Cano, Natchitoches’ first community mural, “Planting Seeds of Hope”, was formally unveiled to the public in a ceremony and festive block party at the Ben D. Johnson Center’s Legacy Garden Saturday, April 2.

Over 100 community members, NSU students and campus and community leaders gathered on a beautiful spring day to enjoy music, fellowship and grilled burgers & hot dogs courtesy of the Legacy Café. The City of Natchitoches brought its Portable Park trailer filled with games for the children.

The mural overlooks the Ben D. Johnson Center’s Legacy Garden and celebrates our community’s agricultural roots. The work is a true community effort as artist Edgar Cano put up the broad outlines of the mural and volunteers from around the community filled the in outlines. Cano then put on the finishing touches. The resulting work is a wonderful celebration of our past and an expression of hope for our future.

The Ben D. Johnson Center, the Legacy Garden and the Legacy Café are all forces for good in our community. “Planting Seeds of Hope” is a superbly done piece of art that beautifully sums up the center’s mission.