RISING UP PARRAMORE
A mural project celebrating the history of Parramore
The Mural Project & the Community
CREW Orlando has a history of community outreach projects and endeavors, including the Tower of Light. In 2022, CREW Orlando will be collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (ONIC) and local female artists of color to design and paint a mural honoring the Unsung Heroes who provided their services to the community of Parramore during segregation. Particular attention will be paid to the history of the Wells’Built Hotel which hosted artists and musicians of color during their stay in Orlando, as well as professionals (lawyers, doctors, nurses and educators) who provided their services to the Parramore community at a time when its residents could not obtain services elsewhere. Artists depicted on the mural include renowned musicians Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, all of whom have ties to the Wells’Built Hotel. The past community leaders who will be honored include Mercerdese Clark, Dr. Wells, Kattie Adams, Georgia Nell Woodley, Pinkie Price, Mary Jane Johnson, Rubye Sanders, and Theresa Walton. The theme will speak to the idea of Parramore “rising up” against all odds, and the community contributions that made it happen. This seven-story mural will be produced on the CityView Apartment Building (101 S. Terry Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805), which is blocks from the former Wells’ Built Hotel (now, the Wells’ Built Museum). The project will brighten the landscape of the Parramore community while serving as an iconic art exhibit educating the public and honoring those who built the history of the Parramore district.
The project will also serve as a catalyst for CREW Orlando’s CREW Careers program providing educational and mentoring opportunities for high school youth who have an interest in commercial real estate. The estimated budget for the project is $150,000. The Orlando Magic and Advent Health have contributed $30,000 toward the project, and serve as the Project’s exclusive Rising Up sponsors. CREW Orlando, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, Greenberg Traurig, Fidelity National Title, Colwill Engineering, Sunbelt Rentals and Percopo Coatings have each committed $10,000 toward the project in cash donations or in-kind services. In total, CREW Orlando has already raised approximately $115,000 of its project goal, and it will be raising funds for the remainder of the expenses. CREW Orlando’s efforts in coordinating the mural project and the CREW Careers program are strictly volunteer. No one in CREW Orlando will be paid for their work in connection with the project. CREW Orlando is committed to working with the Parramore community on the design of the mural, and has included local residents and community leaders in the design process. CREW Orlando understands that the Parramore community has been underserved for many decades and is excited to celebrate those past community leaders and their contributions to the Parramore Community, in addition to the legendary artists who have made their mark on our community.
RISE Sponsorship Levels
Rising Up (1 available): $30,000 [sold]
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SPONSORSHIP COMMITMENT FORM
Meet the Artists
The lead artist on the mural project will be Maureen Hudas. Maureen was born and raised in the Philadelphia area where she studied fine art at Moore College of Art and Design.
Thank You RISE Sponsors!
Cushman & Wakefield
Creative Village Development, LLC
CREW Orlando Past Presidents
Hoar Construction, LLC
Sponsored in part by the City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant Program
*All donations may be tax deductible. Payments will be made to CREW Network Foundation, which is recognized by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization. U.S. federal tax ID number is 48-1201724. Funds will be used on the mural until completion, and then may be applied to additional outreach projects.
For more information on the future project, including information on the proposed site and artist, and how to become a donor, please contact CREW Orlando Director of Community Outreach, Courtney Keller at
(407) 580-8307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on our community partners who have contributed to the mural project, click on their logo below
CREW Network Foundation
CREW Network Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CREW Network, is the only charitable foundation solely dedicated to advancing women in the commercial real estate industry. CREW Network Foundation is committed to bringing more women into commercial real estate by offering programs like CREW Careers and UCREW that educate women and girls about the career opportunities in the industry; supporting CRE higher education and training through college scholarships and internships; and providing mentorships to those new to the industry.