LEMOORE — The Sarah A. Mooney Museum is planning to bring the community together this year by creating a mural that is representative of many cultures in the Lemoore area and displaying it in downtown Lemoore.
The mural is to be called “Fabric of Our Heritage.” It is planned to depict a quilt with different images that represent different cultures and experiences of the people of Lemoore.
In order to decide what images to use, the museum is going to ask the public for ideas for the images.
“Our biggest fear is that we overlook a group that shouldn’t be overlooked,” Lynda Lahodny, the president of the Sarah A. Mooney Museum, said.
She said she plans to reach out to cultural groups in the Lemoore and Hanford areas to make sure they are aware of this project.
Lahodny said plans will be finalized for entries soon because they would like submissions to be in by May 1.
Entry forms are planned to be posted on the museum website and Facebook page and available at the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce, West Hills College Lemoore and Lemoore High School. When completed, the images and entry forms can be submitted to the Chamber of Commerce, West Hills Lemoore or Lemoore High School.
Lahodny said that students and staff at West Hills are putting together the entry forms.
The selection process for the mural images will be done by Mayor Ray Madrigal, Dr. Kristin Clark, president of West Hills Lemoore; and Glen Hill, an art teacher at West Hills Lemoore.
The mural will be drawn by Mario Gonzales, the head of the Lemoore High School art department. Lahodny said she hopes the mural can be painted in a paint-by-numbers format similar to "The First Ten Decades" which was made for the city’s centennial and hangs on the Wells Fargo building. This format would allow the public to help paint the mural.
Lahodny said when the centennial mural was done, it was a fun community activity and she wants to recreate that experience with this new mural.
“I had cousins in town that weekend and they still talk about how fun it was,” Lahodny said.
With the current schedule, the mural is expected to start in June and be unveiled in November. Lahodny said she would like the mural to be done by Nov. 25 to coincide with the museum’s open house and the Lemoore Volunteer Fire Department putting up the Christmas tree.
The expected location of the mural is on the side of the Pad Thai restaurant on the wall facing the Veteran's Memorial Building’s courtyard.
Before putting this mural project in motion, Lahodny, who served on the Lemoore City Council around the time of the centennial, said she asked the city if there were any changes to getting approval for murals. She said when the city put up the murals in the early 2000s they simply asked the building owner, received financial support from an organization and found an artist willing to do it.
After asking city staff, she found out that for the city’s approval she would need to get a site plan review which would cost $3,400.
Judy Holwell, the community development director, proposed that the council allow the city staff to change the process to review murals so that the price can be reduced to $160 or waived and to allow the Sarah A. Mooney project to be processed in the proposed manner.
The council approved this proposal unanimously.
Lahodny said the museum was awarded a grant of $5,000 by the California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the national endowment for the humanities. The project needs to be finished within a year of receiving funds per the grant agreement.
SACRAMENTO (AP) — A standing-room-only crowd packed into a church Thursday to celebrate the life of a 22-year-old black man who was shot to death by Sacramento police, prompting angry protests and a resolve to force changes in police departments around the country.
The musical and scriptural celebration of Stephon Clark was interrupted by his emotional brother Stevante, who hugged and kissed the casket, led the crowd in chants of his brother's name and interrupted speakers. The Rev. Al Sharpton hugged and consoled him and told the crowd not to judge how families grieve.
"We will never let you forget the name of Stephon Clark until we get justice," Sharpton thundered. "This is about justice. This is about standing with people with courage."
City officials braced for more protests as mourners gathered at Bayside of South Sacramento church.
Some mourners at Wednesday's wake predicted increased unrest beyond the unruly but mostly nonviolent protests that have disrupted traffic and two professional basketball games since the March 18 shooting.
Sharpton delivered his eulogy with Stevante Clark clutching him around the neck. The New York preacher said it was time to "stop this madness" of fatal shootings by police officers.
Two Sacramento police officers who were responding to a report of someone breaking car windows fatally shot Clark. Video of the nighttime incident released by police shows a man later identified as Clark running into the backyard where police fired 20 rounds at him after screaming "gun, gun, gun."
It turned out Clark was holding a cellphone.
Some mourners attending Wednesday's wake called for police to face criminal charges or donned black shirts calling for justice.
The family's raw grief was on display when Stevante Clark had to be physically restrained while confronting members of the media gathered outside the wake. The outburst came a day after he disrupted a Sacramento City Council meeting and screamed his brother's name at Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
Stevante Clark later apologized for his behavior. At the funeral, he addressed Steinberg, who was one of the few white people in the audience that included former Sacramento Kings player Matt Barnes.
"We're going to forgive the mayor, amen," Clark said. "Everybody say they love the mayor."
Clark and Sharpton also led people in a call and response, shouting, "I am," and the crowd responding, "Stephon Clark."
Shernita Crosby, Stephon Clark's aunt, has said the family isn't "mad at all the law enforcement."
"We're not trying to start a riot," she said. "What we want the world to know is that we got to stop this because black lives matter."
Cousin Suzette Clark said the family wants Stephon Clark remembered as an outgoing, funny, handsome, loving father of two young sons — "more than just a hashtag."
Authorities are working to avoid a repeat of the protests that have twice blocked fans from entering the NBA arena downtown for Sacramento Kings games.
In a statement posted on the Kings' website, the team said it is partnering with Black Lives Matter and is creating an education fund for Clark's children.
The team also said it is partnering with a group of local leaders called "Build. Black. Coalition." to support what it terms "transformational change" for black communities in Sacramento.
On Wednesday, about 50 protesters took over the intersection near the Sacramento district attorney's office as part of a protest organized by the local Black Lives Matter chapter to urge the district attorney to file charges against the officers who shot Clark. In New York City, hundreds of people marched to protest the shooting and at least 11 people were detained as tensions flared.
Meanwhile, Steinberg said disruptions like Stevante Clark's at Tuesday's council meeting won't happen again. "But in that moment, that was a brother grieving for the loss of his brother," he said.
The California attorney general's office joined the investigation on Tuesday, a move Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn said he hopes will bring "faith and transparency" to a case that he said has sparked "extremely high emotions, anger and hurt in our city."