CY neighbors feast to raise money for mural

By Andy Ashby

Food and art combined on Jan. 27, as the Cooper-Young Community Association organized a Moveable Feast to raise money for a mural on McLean Boulevard.

The event had 40 participants going from house to house throughout the neighborhood, trying various foods.

Two groups of 20 people each went to houses serving appetizers, and then to houses serving entrees. Both groups converged at Stone Soup CafÈ for coffee and desert.

Big thanks to Demetrius Boyland, Brad and Sarah Gilmer, Jonathan and Libby Flynt, and Amanda Ball and Guillermo Umbria for donating their homes to this event. Also, thanks to Emily Bishop and Sharon Johnson at Stone Soup CafÈ for all their time and effort.

The event raised more than $500 toward the McLean mural project.

The $5,000 mural will be at the McLean underpass between Central and Elzey.

Local artist Carl E. Moore will start the project this summer. Read more about the project on the CYCA website,

The CYCA has raised more than half of the project cost, meaning Moore can do at least one side this summer. The organization will continue to raise money and if it gets the full amount by this summer, Moore can do both sides at the same time.

The Cooper-Young Business Association has already donated $500 to the mural. The CYCA is talking with a few businesses and other neighborhood organizations to raise the rest of the money before summer. The group is even considering another Moveable Feast.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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