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Opinion

Pathways art symbolic of what is good about Coweta


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 17, 2019 - 9:56 PM

When the new Pathways Care Campus opens, there will be art everywhere.

Local artists have created several murals at the new mental health facility on Hospital Road. Members of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association were approached about using their gifts to make the Pathways center more welcoming and soothing to those who will use it.

NCAA rose to the challenge. Now murals are in several areas of the center, which will soon be ready to welcome clients.

“We want the facilities to be a warm, welcoming environment for those who are here,” said Jenelle Hess, special events director for Pathways.

“We’re hoping that this will be a place that will be filled with laughter and fun and personal touches,” said Jade Benefield, Pathways CEO.

One of the artists, Eve Graybeal Olsen, painted the mural for the children’s unit, including small details she hopes children will enjoy finding. “I hope it gives them a sense of wonder,” she said.

A 2011 report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 25 percent of American adults are coping with a mental health condition. Mental illness touches the lives of almost everyone. 

The collaboration between Pathways and local artists illustrates one of the best things about Coweta County – the willingness of her citizens to make the community a better place. Kudos go to the artists, and the community looks forward to the expansion of mental health services in Coweta County.