The city of Cincinnati just got a bit brighter! Unable to hold their annual Buddy Walk this year as a result of coronavirus, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati (DSAGC) created a mural to honor individuals with Down syndrome.
Working with a local mural artist, Dave Rickerd, DSAGC designed a giant mural in yellow and blue, the colors of Down syndrome awareness, and painted it at 209 East 12th St. between Main Street and Sycamore Street. The mural reads “Celebrating the extraordinary: together for Down syndrome” and depicts a beautiful butterfly.
Buddy walk teams will be covering the Tri-State area in yellow and blue leading up to September 12, which is the day the Buddy Walk is normally held. Some teams are also having car parades to celebrate.
Jim Hudson, DSAGC Executive Director, says of the mural:
“I envision this mural becoming an iconic, must-see spot for not only families with a connection to Down syndrome, but also for our entire Cincinnati community. It captures the joy and compassion of our community bringing awareness to the extraordinary lives people with Down syndrome lead every day here as our neighbors, friends and co-workers. People from all over the Tri-State and beyond will want their photo taken with it and be a part of such a positive, inclusive message!”
What an awesome way to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and their contributions to the community!