Mural project welcomes visitors to Concord

High school students sometimes have trouble envisioning how they might make an impact on their communities. That’s not a problem for a group of students at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord; their mural now graces the central tower of the iconic Ralph Pill building, and is visible from Interstate 93 and Loudon Road. A colorful depiction of a moose swimming past the State House dome, the mural beckons travelers to the capital city.

 Kimball Jenkins Managing Director Ryan Linehan organized the mural project to empower young people to think big and feel connected. Guided by art instructor Carla Roy, a dozen students from Concord High School and Penacook’s TEAMS Charter School designed and painted the mural in the Kimball Jenkins studios.

 The project was funded by the Haley Rae Martin Scholarship Fund. Haley was a budding artist when she died at age 19 in 2012, her young life tragically cut short by a drug overdose. Her family established the fund at Kimball Jenkins to help teens engage in the arts, particularly public art that connects young artists to their communities.

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