An art teacher from Fox Lane High School in Bedford is lifting the spirits of another community, Danbury, where she resides.
Amy Salerno recently completed The Dorothy Day Mural of Hope which aims to feed the soul of those in need while honoring the dignity of all people. The mural was created in the dining room of the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury.
The Dorothy Day Hospitality House has been feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless in Fairfield County since 1982.
Here are some excerpts from what Salerno wrote to describe the inspiration behind her latest project: “This past winter was a cold one. I realized coats hung in my closet that I wasn’t wearing. I had blankets I wasn’t using, and someone else could use them.””I learned about the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in the church bulletin at St.Elizabeth Seton, and looked into it further. I visited at meal time and found a line of folks out the door. My life has been sheltered lately and I needed to be doing more outside of my limited orb,” Salerno said.
“At the time I was working on the Creativity Takes Courage mural at school and felt inspired to get the wheels turning to create a mural in my community in Danbury. . . .I love the everything about creating a community mural. Finding the inspiration, the site, the people and the materials. Along the way there are so many conversations that feed my soul.”