Blind Residents Represented In New Ruston Mural

Jun 21, 2018

Ruston’s newest mural will be unveiled on Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the Louisiana Center for the Blind in downtown Ruston. The mural is painted by Louisiana Tech University art professors Nick Bustamante and Whitney Causey. It features the name “Ruston” painted in large, bright letters contrasting against a black background, and also says “Ruston” in braille under the painted design.

“We are so excited to add this unique and meaningful mural to downtown Ruston,” said Mayor Ronny Walker. “This project not only celebrates our thriving arts community, but also recognizes the incredible impact that the Louisiana Center for the Blind has on the City of Ruston.”

The mural is on the north side of a Louisiana Center for the Blind building on Trenton Street. For travellers going south on Trenton Street/US-167, it can be seen just past the railroad tracks on the left. The location provides visibility to vehicles passing by, while also offering a photo-op for those on foot.

“We are honored to have been selected as a site for the mural,” said Pamela Allen, executive director of the Louisiana Center for the Blind. “The Louisiana Center for the Blind has been a proud member of the Ruston community since 1985. Our staff and alumni know that blindness is merely a characteristic which will not stop us from living full and productive lives. The mural will be another way to educate residents and visitors.”

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at the mural site on Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. For more information, please contact Tori Ward at tward@ruton.org or 318-251-8647.