Mural Demonstrates Efforts to Combat Substance Abuse
Many people who recently visited Phoenix Programs were inspired by a new tile mural. The gift from MU's Art Department featured 74 stylized portraits of art students and four profound statements from the clients in recovery. The multiple colors represent the hope in the heart of each person and diversity in the community.
Ashley Drissell, the artist who created the artwork, hoped to compile messages which were universal truths that spoke not only for MU students, but for all people in the community. "It is humanity that ties us together. As human beings, we are not all that different. My students have discovered that all the dreams they have are not that different from the dreams of people who are struggling with substance abuse," Drissell said.
The mural came from the hard work and creativity of 16 MU students, and the active participation of about 50 clients of Phoenix Programs. "It was a great time to see the mural finished. It was a powerful experience," said art student Abbey Trescott. "We were easily trapped in the magic bubble of Mizzou, and now we know that there are many other people in the greater community who are in need of our help," Trescott said.
With the mural, Drissell said she told people that we are all living, breathing and emotive human beings who need love, compassion and peace. Some see that as a good start to address the issue of substance abuse, by giving care to our community members who are struggling with substance addiction.