To the artists who created it, the mural in downtown Newton is more than just a painting — it’s the story of a community. The mural reflects the journey the community went on to create this work of public art, a project involving hundreds of people who helped turn a blank wall into a bright burst of color symbolizing Newton’s past, present and future.


To the artists who created it, the mural in downtown Newton is more than just a painting — it’s the story of a community. The mural reflects the journey the community went on to create this work of public art, a project involving hundreds of people who helped turn a blank wall into a bright burst of color symbolizing Newton’s past, present and future.
Now, the artists who worked on the mural would like to make a feature-length documentary chronicling that journey, as well as the journey it took to create several similar murals throughout the Midwest.
Dave Loewenstein, the lead artist on Newton’s mural project, returned to the community Wednesday night for a meeting at Mojo’s at Bethel College in North Newton to discuss the documentary project.
The documentary is tentatively entitled “Called to Walls” and will feature murals in Tonkawa, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., in addition to the mural in Newton.
The mural artists wanted to capture on film the way the communities have come together to support the mural projects, bridging gaps that might not have been crossed any other way.
“What I was really interested in was all these people coming together, unlikely people sometimes, … building relationships,” said Nicholas
Ward, who was an assistant on the community mural project in Tonkawa.
Community members attending the meeting at Mojo’s were able to view a preview of the documentary, and hear more about Newton’s “sister mural” in Joplin and how the project is helping a community recently devastated by a deadly tornado.