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Local News: Second ‘All Roads Lead Home’ mural in works (5/25/22)

Local News: Second ‘All Roads Lead Home’ mural in works (5/25/22)

America’s Muralist Raine Clotfelter works on the second “All Roads Lead Home” mural in downtown Aurora. Contributed photo

Muralist memorializes new Aurora location

The second mural project under the “All Roads Lead Home” umbrella is underway on the southeast side of the square in downtown Aurora.

The artist for the project is Raine Clotfelter, who is known as America’s Muralist and painted the Eagle on the old grain silo in Monett on Front Street. His wife, Tricia Clotfelter, helps him in a variety of ways with documentation, brainstorming and design updates.

This second project is going up on the south wall of Pawnderosa Pawn and will depict parts of Aurora’s story from the 1800s. The unique design will call attention to the roles of the Trail of Tears, the Butterfield Stage, the Old Wire Road, Elk Horn Prairie and Stephen Elliott, Aurora’s founder.

Sponsors of the project include: The Youth Empowerment Project at Aurora High School, the AHS Leadership and A-Tech classes and the Houn’ Dawg Alumni & Outreach Center. Assistance is also being

provided by Lori Barton and her AHS art students and some community volunteers and artists.

Funding is being received through a series of grants and fundraising projects involving individuals, the Leadership Class at Aurora High School, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Aurora Area Community Foundation, Walmart of Aurora, the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation and local clubs and entities.

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. Corey Mace is the owner of Pawnderosa Gun & Pawn. He agreed to allow the community to use his building as the next mural site last summer.

The second mural faces the first “All Roads Lead Home” mural, which was completed last spring on the north wall of the Children’s Smile Center of the Ozarks by the Clotfelters and some local volunteers.

“These sense of place projects are designed to promote dialogue, preserve history, create interest in the arts and help connect the past to the present through collaboration, research and creativity,” said Kim McCully-Mobely, co-director of the Youth Empowerment Project and the Houn’ Dawg Alumni & Outreach Center. “Ultimately, this is all about celebrating who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re heading.”

Those wanting to make a contribution can mail donations to: All Roads Lead Home Mural #2, ℅ Kim McCully-Mobley, Aurora High School, 305 W. Prospect, Aurora, MO 65605.