Save the MARC with ART!

A Peacemaking Project by Lindsey S.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Our local recreational complex is in danger of closing, which would inhibit our towns highschool swim team, our YMCA club swim team (K-12) as well as our aqua fitness programs widely popular among our older community.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of the MARC (Meadville Area Recreational Complex) closing
we will address the city's concerns about money
by repainting the facility with a beautiful mural with matching colors on all the walls, in turn hopefully increasing patron happiness and activity. 3/31/19 The word about local students taking on this renovation project has pulled local businesses together as well as youth and experienced artists together to address this injustice. We have now expanded our goal of renovation with the help of the community's influence to add 4 more locally designed murals and in the biggest aspect, reconstruct the entry and exit walls with tempered glass doors. The glass industry is a huge part of Meadville (Meadville Plate and Glass Co.) and workers from there as well as the union speculated to redo the entry and exit door/its surrounding wall completely with a tempered glass sliding door. This door is revolutionary, the glass retains heat and/or cold, installation and maintenance is minimal. The natural light/retained heat will reduce our 4000 sq ft facilities energy cost. By updating our facility as well as channeling work from a local business both parties will be able to benefit from this project!

Our Project Plan:


  • To continue to bring in community members to our facility as well as attract the attention of new members!

We will increase my / our compassion by...

campaigning our cause/goal around Meadville to bring our community together to save the MARC.

How will you show courage?

By making our own advertisements (flyers, fundraising events, word of mouth) to gain support as well as writing our own grants to fund an artist as well as commercial painters to paint our high-humidity pool.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will be collaborating with the pool events coordinator here at the MARC as well as the Chairman of the MARF to raise funds for our project.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

If we are moving in the right direction, we will see interest in the pool increase via call in's asking for the hours as well as our local papers and social media hubs promoting the artwork and in turn increasing admissions.

Key Steps

  • Our tentative schedule would be the following, given if the admission rate increases. If not, we would have to alter these steps by either expediting the process or 1. Choose a painter.
  • 2. Identify the painters timeline/budget needed to paint our 4,000 sq foot facility.
  • 3. Write enough grants to fund the paint as well as labor.
  • 4. Call the Meadville Tribune, Erie Times News, and WJET News to report on our updated facility, hopefully gaining the attention of potential patrons.

Our Updates:

Picture Perfect

Lindsey S.
31 March 2019 15:07
After the community caught word of our renovation project, we received an unexpected amount of support from Meadville in the forms of: local artist volunteers, patron ideas, MARC facility promotions and more. In turn we expanded from doing just one mural at our facility to multiple. After hearing from the community what else they'd like to see we collaborated with a local graphic designer to help illustrate our dream which will take the walls of the MARC before summer hits.


Fish S. Peace First Staff
3 January 2019 10:26
(Sorry - my original comment sent a bit early!)

Lindsey - I think your compassionate insight is great and I'm excited to see the work you and your community do to revitalize the center. It's clear to me how the center closing would be a serious injustice and it sounds like the city's concerns about money are a key root cause. One thing I think I understand, but would like to understand better, is how the mural project would address that root cause. Are you saying that art would make the center more appealing, meaning that more people would pay for a membership? Are there other reasons?

It'd be interesting to hear more (from you and other folks) about what would make them more likely to use the center. I think an art project may be very valuable for this - and I can see there being other potential projects you can tackle as well.

I encourage you to think, too, about how you can get groups of people (like your swim team!) who depend on the center together and advocate to the city about why it's important to continue investing in the MARC!

Now that your compassionate insight has been approved, your next step is to build a plan - and then you can submit your mini-grant application! We're here to help - please let me know how I can support you in this!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
22 January 2019 2:52
Hey Rachel - just wanted to check on how things are going. We're excited to see your mini-grant application! How can we help?
Brennan L. Peace First Staff
11 October 2019 21:24
Hi Lindsey,

I hope you're doing well! How are things with your project? We'd love to see any updates that you have to share. Please remember to submit your reflection as well when your project goals are complete.

Looking forward to hearing from you!