This mural in Optimists Park on Grand Street in Columbia’s Ridgeway Neighborhood was created in 2017. Interns did a door to door survey of local residents to generate themes and motifs for the mural. The two women depicted are pillars of this community. On the left is Mary Smith, a long time business owner, church mother and role model. Mary’s business is directly across Forest Ave. from the park. On the right is Pat Kelley, past president of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association, community advocate and friend to those in need. Pat’s house is directly across Grand Street from the park. The two boys depicted on their bikes live just one block down Grand Street from the mural and the flowers were modeled on those in the gardens of residents on 3rd Ave.
Optimists Park lead mural artist: Joe Schlottach
CARE Interns: Daniel Bowen, Hallie Hern, Istahil Omar, Jayden Perkins
Volunteers: Hope Schust, Linda Schust, Danny Schust