The Norman Transcript

University

March 25, 2014

University of Okla. students paint murals, brighten up nonprofit

NORMAN — The harsh, cold, metal door slipped away as green, then blue, turned into a lush, green field with a winding path and a group of University of Oklahoma undergraduate students painted murals Monday at Bethesda Inc., a local agency that specializes in sexual abuse treatment and prevention for children and adolescents.

The OU students were part of Kris Newlin’s Studio Art Therapy class who volunteered their time to add life to the nonprofit’s entry. The group painted two sides of an entry door at Bethesda Inc., one side of a landscape with a quote and the other side of a figure reaching toward the stars.

Sandra Wellman, Bethesda clinical director, said the group submitted several mural ideas, but the organization settled on the two chosen designs because they represented Bethesda Inc. best.

“The landscape depicts a road going off into the distance. That represents the journey that starts here,” she said. “A lot of kids think it’s all over when they come here, but they learn it’s really the beginning, it’s a start toward healing. We hope children leave here with a positive, different feeling about counseling and are more apt to continue on a path of healing and reach out in the future when they need it.”

The mural with the figure reaching for the stars includes the heart symbol associated with Bethesda Inc. Wellman said that mural gives a sense of hope. The quote painted on the landscape reads, “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start,” from Nido Qubein.

Bethesda Inc. asked students to paint the door specifically because, previously, it was uninviting.

“We didn’t have any doors originally and there was this great open, inviting feel. Due to security precautions, we put a in a door, but it just didn’t feel the same,” Wellman said. “We’re really happy with the murals. Even after the first coat of paint, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, now I feel like I’m at Bethesda again.’ It’s so bright and happy.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
University
  • Digital storytelling workshop to help tornado victims

    Looking for ways to make use of the University of Oklahoma Writing Center’s services in the community, the center has developed the digital storytelling workshop “Survivors in Motion” to help last year’s tornadoes survivors....

    July 16, 2014

  • Free concert to feature Corey Smith

    Corey Smith, born and raised in Jefferson, Ga., will heat up the summer scene with a free concert at 8 p.m. on July 18 at the University of Oklahoma....

    July 11, 2014

  • OU showcases family treasures exhibit

    An exhibit consisting of 12 panels with the best practices on how to care for items — including textiles and recordings such as cassettes and family videos — is on display through July 10 in Beaird Lounge on the second floor of Oklahoma ...

    July 9, 2014

  • Sam Noble Museum awarded reaccreditation

    The American Alliance of Museums in Washington D.C. awarded the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History reaccreditation in 2014 for the fourth consecutive time. Accreditation offers a wide variety of benefits, including increased ...

    July 5, 2014

  • Emotional Brain set as July’s Neuro Night Forum topic

    Improving neurological health through education, research and access to care will be the topic of July’s Neuro Night forum at 6 p.m. July 15 at the Fountains at Canterbury, 1404 N.W. 122nd St. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m....

    July 2, 2014

  • Foundation makes $500,000 gift in support of OU libraries

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced at the OU Board of Regents meeting that The Helmerich Foundation of Tulsa will make a $500,000 gift in support of the renovation of a floor in the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial ...

    June 25, 2014

  • OU plans to construct new residential college housing

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that planning is underway for new residential colleges for upperclassmen and women....

    June 24, 2014

  • Design phase underway at OU for $12 million shelters

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that MA Plus, which was selected to design OU tornado shelters, is nearing completion of planning for $12 million tornado shelters at OU. The project is an expansion of ...

    June 24, 2014

  • OU law students support classmate with fundraiser

    Inspired by one of their classmates who is battling breast cancer for the third time, first year summer law students at the University of Oklahoma College of Law committed to public service by raising money for the Stephenson Cancer ...

    June 24, 2014

  • OU College of Education raises scholarship funds

    University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced on Monday that the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education has raised $3.1 million thus far in its $10 million fundraising drive for scholarships, the focal point of which is a Debt ...

    June 24, 2014