Located in Meldrum Park at the corner of 6th & Lewis
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Lead artist - Dave Loewenstein
Assistant - Ashley Jane Laird
Apprentice - Nate Buchholz
This project has been supported in part by:
Sioux Falls Arts Council
Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department
National Endowment for the Arts
Whittier Middle School
Whittier Neighborhood Residents Association
Initiated by Whittier Middle School students in teacher Lela Himmerich’s class in 2011, this community-based project is a true collaborative effort. Over the last year, the three visiting artists, Dave Loewenstein, Ashley Laird, and Nate Buchholz, met with more than two- hundred neighborhood residents and area student groups to do research, develop the images and paint the mural. In April, the completed design was unanimously approved by the Sioux Falls City Council. The project was coordinated by the Sioux Falls Arts Council and is supported by an “OurTown” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thank you to the Whittier Students, Lela Himmerich, our mural design team and the many volunteers who helped paint and coordinate.
"Our mural welcomes people to Whittier, a working-class neighborhood that embraces its heritage, celebrates its dynamic cultural and ethnic diversity, and looks forward to addressing and overcoming challenges to a prosperous and peaceful future. Our mural recognizes this as the past and present home to Native Americans from many tribes, as well as the place where settlers have come from across the globe. Our mural sings with a chorus of many languages and radiates with the colors of many cultures. And, our mural shows the neighborhood working together to care for its natural beauty, the education of its young people, and the welfare of its most vulnerable residents. Our mural is beautiful, engaging, and is the product of many dedicated hands and minds."
- Mural Design Team Vision Statement
Below are details of the mural from left to right.