Lyons Area Chamber of Commerce

Lyons Elementary Mural Unveiling and Community Celebration

  • April 10, 2014
  • 5:30 PM
  • Lyons Elementary gymnasium.
One Million Faces is excited to announce the unveiling of our new Lyons Elementary student art mural “Time to Shine,” on April 10, 5:30 p.m. in the Lyons Elementary gymnasium. The “Time to Shine” mural shares the students’ unique messages of resilience and hope to the world as survivors of a historic flood.

On September 11, 2013, a historic flood devastated the town of Lyons forcing the evacuation and relocation of many residents. The Lyons Elementary students, teachers and staff temporarily moved to Main Street School in Longmont.

Artist Peggy Dyer and her One Million Faces team welcomed the Lyons Elementary community home on December 2, 2013 photographing over 350 students, teachers and staff. For the “Time to Shine” project, students shared their unique message to the world on white boards, giving the littlest voices the opportunity to share their message with the world.

Then on January 27, 2014 Dyer began a three-week artist-in-residence program at Lyons Elementary teaching art and collage-making in the classroom. Each child created two original seven-inch collages on wood, one for the school mural and one to take home. Parents, and community members rallied to prep materials and work alongside the kids messages to create inspiring original art collages.

Now the unveiling of this mural is set as a community celebration at the recovering elementary school. 

Andrew Moore, Lyons Elementary principal, says, "The ‘Time to Shine’ project has helped our community commemorate the highest aspects of our experience with the flood: our newfound sense of grit, resilience and interdependence. Peggy's work has inspired our entire community by bringing joy, music and art to our healing. We cannot begin to understand the reach this work is having on our collective experience and psyche."

“I know that anyone who opens their hearts to take in the beauty of these messages will definitely be taken higher,” says Michele Bourgeois, St. Vrain Valley School District counselor. 

“I am a resident of Lyons, mother of two Lyons Elementary students and a flood survivor. The One Million Faces- Shine project was exactly what our community needed. You could feel the excitement in the air. The trauma of the flooding, losing all of your possessions, being without a home, and once again transitioning back to school was difficult for us all. With smiles, dancing, singing and love, Peggy made us all ‘Shine,’” says Bernadette Taylor.

Several local businesses and individuals have graciously donated supplies to ensure the completion of the art experience. In particular, One Million Faces thanks Mike’s Camera for the fine art printing; Budget Home Supply for the wood; and Denver Pro Photo for additional ink and paper supplies.

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