Keep Oklahoma Beautiful

Fresh Paint Days (FPD) is a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program designed to encourage volunteers to seek out unsightly community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources provided by and through KOB. Volunteers will make use of these supplies to transform that community blemish over a period of a few days with the simple application of FRESH PAINT and a lot of elbow grease! And this year, Greer County Conservation District designed an especially creative project!

Greer County Conservation District, led by the fearless Donna Gilpatrick, was chosen to received 20 gallons of paint – a beige base color and a purple trim. As you would expect, the majority of the building’s four walls were painted entirely beige while the tops of the walls, where it meets the roof, and door frames were painted purple. But Donna didn’t stop there. With the help of some very imaginative and resourceful artists, the group transformed an unsightly, aging, forgotten structure into a work of art. Two murals, on each side of the building, depicting pride in our great state and showcasing its beauty.

Greer County was recently chosen as the Best Visual Impact Winner for their project at our 24th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration. We are so proud of Greer County Conservation District’s imagination and creativity!

Brightside St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Bud Light “Do Good. Have Fun.” project involved nearly 150 people working to establish a butterfly garden in Benton Park and paint murals around the community garden. Volunteers from Anheuser-Busch, Benton Park and Benton Park West neighborhoods plus Young Friends of Brightside St. Louis joined forces to transform one of the city’s most heavily-traveled intersections, Jefferson and Arsenal, into an attractive and beneficial community resource.

The volunteers planted 1,200 perennials and shrubs including native milkweeds to benefit the threatened migrating Monarch butterfly. Only a few short hours after the plants went in the ground, a few remaining volunteers watched as our first Monarch fluttered through the newly-planted garden. Now we will have blooms for many years to benefit butterflies and other important pollinators.

Protecting the community garden from cars traveling on the nearby busy streets led to the installation of barricades around the perimeter of the garden, yet their appearance totally detracted from the beauty of the garden. Talented local artists, Casey Kasparek and Peat Wollaeger, prepared stencils for the volunteers to paint designs and outdoor scenes on the barriers. Once unsightly eyesores are now beautiful assets on this corner.

Brightside St. Louis was proud to partner with Keep America Beautiful to do what we all do best – make communities more vibrant, thriving and beautiful. And our friends at Bud Light make every project more fun. Special thanks to our long-time partner and Benton Park neighbor, Anheuser-Busch.

Seattle Works, Seattle, WA

In partnership with Keep America Beautiful and Bud Light, Seattle Works threw a mural painting party in Seattle’s historic International District on July 19! Over 40 volunteers came out on Saturday to help revitalize a neglected, but heavily-trafficked block in the busy neighborhood.

We worked with Urban ArtWorks and local artist Jonathan Fischer to create the mural, titled “Eternal Spring.” The design was inspired by the joy Seattle’s famous cherry blossoms bring to the city each Spring — the promise that a long, grey winter is over and summer is on its way. Volunteers worked with the artist to use a combination of rollers, brushes, stencils and spray paint to create an explosion of color that spanned most of the block. As we worked, neighbors honked their horns in support, cheered, dealt out many thumbs-ups and even wandered over to shake volunteers’ hands and thank them for their work. We even made it into the Seattle Times.

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with KAB to bring such a fantastic gift to a busy part of our city!