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Urban street art murals arrive on Nims Middle School walls

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Tom Flanigan
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Nims Principal Benny Bolden, flanked by two of the school's cheer squad, stand in front of the murals near the media center entrance.

Colorful images, with a deep connection to street art, now adorn several walls at Tallahassee's Nims Middle School. It's the latest artistic project from the Knight Creative Communities Institute's current catalyst class. Muralist Matt Shannahan said he brought his early experience creating street graffiti to the paintings he created at Nims along with artistic collaborator Cosby Hayes.

"Cities like New York or Chicago this is more common to see these big, large-scale productions. I wanted to do something like that to give them some really nice color to look at."

Among the KCCI Catalyst Team that spearheaded the project, was South Side advocate Talethia Edwards.

"As an advocate, it was even more important that we set priorities to bring color and life in view of culture and tradition into our communities with colors that will uplift us out of a pandemic and social unrest. It's so important!"

The new murals are on walls outside the school's media center and inside the cafeteria.