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Dedication ceremony held for welcoming mural, new public art fund announced (video)

The Lancaster Welcoming Mural, located on the eastern wall of Ganse Apothecary, 355 W. King St, Lancaster. (Photo: Kyle Gamble)

Lancaster city’s Welcoming Mural, located on the eastern wall of Ganse Apothecary, 355 W. King St., was officially dedicated on Tuesday.

Completed in mid-October with the participation of about 100 residents, the mural was designed by Cuban American artist Claudia Rojas, who, with project manager and local muralist Shauna Yorty, conducted a series of community engagement events.

Drawing on Lancaster’s history of textile arts, Rojas’ design features diverse quilters sewing a patchwork quilt representing Lancaster City. Rojas left the squares blank so residents could create their own patterns and images in them.

During Tuesday’s dedication, Eastern Alliance Insurance Group President Kevin Shook, announced his company is contributing $12,000 to a new city public art fund.

“The way this community came together to create this beautiful mural is why we’re proud to call Lancaster home,” Shook said.  “As we celebrate our 25th year in business, we were inspired to create a fund that will help keep this type of magic going for many years to come.”

Shook said he is excited to see what future art projects are created in Lancaster.