THE MERRITT STORY
CCMA COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
& THE WALK of STARS YOUTH MURAL PROJECT
The Merritt Walk of Stars Society initial intent was that Michelle would come to Merritt and provide advice on mural projects and determine whether such a project would be viable for Merritt. However, as our discussions with Michelle proceeded it became abundantly clear that although such a project could work in Merritt, it would require an administrator who not only has strong business acumen, but who is also experienced in order for it to succeed.
Michelle has been invited to paint murals and attend mural and art conferences as part of an elite group worldwide; she understands the processes for accessing money from government programs both federally and provincially; she knows how to access businesses and private bursaries; and she has developed proven fundraising methods including dinners, auctions, limited-edition print and art-card sales. The proof of her abilities is evident throughout downtown Vernon, where Michelle used her skills and those of local artists and youths at risk to create the 32 murals that adorn the buildings in that city.
President, Merritt Walk of Stars