Spongebob Squarepants was drawn with his “imagination” rainbow with another iteration of “Gay is OK!!” Photo by Katie Leming.
Following the Sept. 16 messages left on the sidewalk and defacing of the artwork of the Pride Chalk Walk, members of the college community gathered at noon on Sept. 17 to add more chalk art. The weather may wash the art away, but we are sharing some of the drawings to sustain their impact past their survival on the sidewalk.
Sophomore Kelton Bloxham (left) and junior Ava Bernadino posed with the Covenant Stone with the large rainbow design in front of it. Photo by Ember Wilson, courtesy of Kelton Bloxham Pansexual and transgender flag designs were drawn onto the pillars outside the Center for Campus Ministry. Photo by Kelton Bloxham
Several animals and characters could be found among the art, including the bandana-clad “Raccoon Randy” who “says gay is OK.” Photo by Katie Leming. Haly Scott drew this piece that promotes appreciation for the diversity of creation, reading “GOD’S FLOWERS ARE MULTICOLORED.” Photo by Katie Leming.
One large design facing Fayerweather Hall featured two trees with interlocking roots and a quote reading, “‘When you hurt others, you hurt yourself. When you help others, you help yourself. We are endlessly intertwined.’” Photo by Katie Leming. Sophomore Micayla Clark drew another small rainbow with a heart to express her pride. Photo by Kelton Bloxham.
The stairs of the Center for Campus Ministry were turned rainbow-colored with small rainbows at the top, echoing the message of inclusivity delivered during the CCM’s Sept. 14 service. Photo by Katie Leming.
One drawing was Spider-Man inspired, with a traditional Pride flag in a hand displaying an “I love you” sign. Photo by Katie Leming.
One bright rainbow design read “YOU ARE DIVINELY CREATED.” Photo by Katie Leming. A message that reads, “SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE GAY RIGHTS TRANS RIGHTS HUMAN RIGHTS” could be read clearly across more than one sidewalk square. Photo by Katie Leming.
Someone wrote “Scholarship RESPECT integrity” as a reminder of the Maryville College Covenant. Photo by Katie Leming. Meaghan Jones wrote “Be Loud, Brave, YOU!” across several sidewalk squares. Photo by Katie Leming.
This was Friday’s view, three days after the original chalk walk, showing the art spreading out from more and more people adding their creations. Photo by Katie Leming.
A flower, smiley face and heart, along with a message saying, “You can’t erase us” were similar to other positive drawings and inscriptions along the walkways. Photo by Katie Leming.