From the very beginning, Pickens's proposal for the mural was deeply personal and representative of our community. She wanted to capture the essence of Buncombe County now and the inclusive and thriving community we are working towards. It is no wonder that we have been eager to have a local artist bring this vision to life. The mural, which is now almost complete, features a brightly colored outdoor neighborhood scene that represents the fully inclusive and thriving Buncombe County that we are all working towards.
It was important to the United Way to have a local artist create this work of art, not only because of the talent and creativity that they bring to the project but also because it helps to support and celebrate the artistic community in our area. The United Way is committed to supporting and uplifting all members of our community, and commissioning this mural was just one way we could do so.