Local artists are putting the finishing touches on Micah's Mission Murals

A year-long project creating murals inside the Churches United Micah's Mission Homeless Shelter is days away from wrapping up. 

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The final mural in progress at the Micah's Mission Homeless Shelter
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MOORHEAD — A project to make the living quarters at the Churches United Micah's Mission Homeless Shelter in Moorhead is wrapping up after a year-long process that has, so far, created four murals.

The fifth and final mural that's part of the Art for Change mural project is currently being finished by local artists.

The project is funded by a grant from state of Minnesota that is distributed by Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Local artists and volunteers from MSUM and Concordia College are working on the murals with the goal of making the shelter feel more comforting.

The murals are also meant to represent the areas of the shelter where they've been painted. A mural where families stay depicts families of sea creatures, like seahorses and turtles, with an underwater theme. The mural by the kids play area is covered in robots.


Co-lead muralist Lauren Starling, of Starling Artistry, said that even during the painting process their work has already made an impact.

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"The kids are loving this. Kids have loved watching us paint, and watching how their previously dull, drab living quarters are more bright and colorful and friendly," Starling said.

The final mural is expected to be finished by Dec. 1.

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