September 7, 2013

New Flag Dedicated

Ribbon Cutting

Crucial Renovations Completed!
Vital renovations to prevent irreparable harm to landmark completed on time and on budget.
"Wall-Breaking" Ceremony
Ceremony marks the beginning of renovations essential to the courthouse's preservation.
Phase II Of Vital Renovations Begin
A Public Emergency County Executive's declaration that the state of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse represents a "public emergency" frees up funding for renovation work to proceed.
Saving A Landmark
Learn more about all phases of the renovation effort to save the Jackson County Truman Courthouse.

Historic Site
Learn more about the history of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse.


      A Timeless Work Of Art

Historic Truman Courthouse Time Capsule Unveiled
To Reveal A Mural Created By Five MyARTS Students


The word "capsule" doesn't exactly have a lot of eye-appeal. One hears it and usually doesn't envision anything fancy. Thanks to five students in Jackson County's MyARTS program the Historic Truman Courthouse time capsule should be catching people's eyes for the next 80 years -- until the capsule, which will be sealed May 10, is opened in September 2093.

One of the artists adds a few brushstrokes to the mural, while it was still a work in progress. It depicts Presidents Harry Truman and Andrew Jackson.

The five young artists, from three different Independence-area high schools, have adorned the capsule with a mural depicting two United States Presidents, the recently restored Truman Courthouse, the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, the county seal, and a clock with Roman numerals representing the decades, not hours, that will past between now and 2093. The two Presidents have direct ties to Jackson County: Harry S. Truman, the county's Presiding Judge in the 1930s, and Andrew Jackson, the man for whom the county was named. (Jackson occupied the Oval Office when the Missouri State Legislature authorized forming the "County of Jackson" in 1826.)

Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Independence Mayor Don Reimal joined the artists in unveiling their creation during a special presentation Tuesday, February 25 at the MyARTS Center in Independence. The Jackson County COMBAT program funds MyARTS. The County Prosecutor's Office oversees the program, which provides at-risk youths a safe place to express and develop their artistic creativity.

"I really can't think of a better synergy than youth and art and the creativity that comes out of this building," Peters Baker said.

The five artists producing the mural were Fort Osage High School seniors Caitlin Echols and Allie Culver, William Chrisman High School senior Katelyn Cogan, and two Truman High School students, senior Robin Prantl and sophomore Kamala Bayliff.

"My hat is off to these young ladies for creating a true work of art," Sanders said. "I think it will stand the test of time. My hope is that when the capsule is opened in 2093 and they are each well into their 90s, all of these artists will be here to see it."

A series of interior and exterior renovations led to the Truman Courthouse being reopened late last summer. During a rededication ceremony September 7, 2013, Sanders cited the cooperative effort needed to save the landmark building on Independence Square. Perhaps it's only fitting that the mural was the result of this artistic collaboration. 

"We all did our version of [the mural]," Kamala Bayliff said. "From that, we included what we liked."

The artists worked on the mural over a period of several weeks. Caitlin Echols was pleased with the final result, saying, "I'm impressed at how it all came together. Group projects are hard."


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