Board gives go-ahead on Boys and Girls Club mural

Published 8:37 am Tuesday, November 21, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — It has been a month since Leah Kemp presented on ways to incorporate art in city planning at the Lincoln-Franklin-Lawrence Library. Lincoln County Supervisors heard a proposal to use art in the community Monday morning. 

Katie Nations, Garrick Combs and Jillian Ricceri with the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council presented a proposal for a new mural in Lincoln County. Brookhaven has several murals scattered throughout the downtown area. 

Kemp noted Brookhaven’s murals are one way of using art to beautify the city. She serves as the director of Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design’s Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center and presented on city planning and incorporating art during the crossroads exhibit visit. Ricceri passed out design ideas to the supervisors for the next mural in Brookhaven. 

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“The Tourism Council is wanting to do a mural on the Boys and Girls Club building. Design ideas — I have a few options. Derek Smith is going to do the mural and include the Boys and Girls Club to paint the mural,” Ricceri said. 

She said the Tourism Council will pay for the project. Boys and Girls Club of Brookhaven, located at 213 S. 2nd St., will approve the design before it is released to the public, Ricceri said. 

Lincoln County’s Board of Supervisors approved the request for a mural and gave the go-ahead. 

Chamber of Commerce President Garrick Combs said, “We think it will be a fun activity.Tourism Council is getting more murals out. It will get more exercise for the kids. We are working on a few other ones.”

District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown said murals “brighten up the city.” 

Combs told the board he will return in December to give an update on business development in the county.