Artwork in many forms has been proven to not only be healing for the artist themselves, but for the person, or community in this case, receiving it.

“After 911, some artists and myself formed T.A.M.P. (Tragedies in America Mural Project) to respond positively and caring to the things we unfortunately face sometimes,” said Karl Flood, of Murray. “We created a mural which we took to NYC and Washington, DC. Another for the Columbia Space disaster given to the Challenger learning center in Colorado Springs.”

“We’ve found that these murals have brought great comfort to those effected. I always seek out young people to help. Their art is so honest and profound,” said Flood. “I asked my team members at first shift C.L.A.F. at Pella to ask their kids if they would like to help.”

Happily, the children of those Pella employees were more than happy to help create a work of art to aid in the process of healing for the Mayfield community.

“They responded immediately with the most touching drawings,” said Flood. “I traced their work and transferred it to the mural.”

“It was such a great feeling to see my teammates’ reaction when they saw the mural. I know they were so proud of their children,” said Flood. “I’m certain when we deliver it to Mayfield, it will comfort them. It’s truly a blessing to work with such an awesome line of individuals and not just think of them as co-workers, but also as wonderful, caring friends.”