Sky Rodriguez, a former Little, had her proposal selected for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mural downtown. This is her first outdoor mural. Sky commented, “I am very excited to create a mural for the Art This Way project because my piece represents an inspiring program that I was a part of, and the people I knew/know from Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped shape me into the person I am today. This mural will give me the opportunity to spread my work and leave a mark on the city I love.” This mural is powered by your Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District.
Sky continued to share, “I had first learned of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program well over 10 years ago in search of finding a mentor, who had later helped guide me through some of the most difficult times of my life. She was also one of the few people who actually encouraged me to follow my dreams of becoming an artist. With her encouragement and the unconditional support from close family and friends, I am proud to hold a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University Fort Wayne.”
Sky shared the details behind her original concept art, “In the design attached, I wanted to convey what this program meant to me. The bright colors represent the positivity from that unconditional support while the black and white hands emphasize the powerful bond between the Bigs and their Littles, representing the friendship set in stone. The orange circle signifies strength and further emphasizes an eternal bond while the rectangular background represents stability – a little can rely on their big. There is also the new logo slightly shown in the corners. Finally, the two hands are forming a pinky promise while also signing (American Sign Language) the symbol for love.”