At our recent Grand (Re) Opening we created a display of various materials including photos, maps, and arrest dockets from the late 1800s. We also included a few artifacts some of which were gifts to elected officials over the years. We have a favorite piece made by a student and given to Mayor Bud Clark. It is a ceramic statue of Bud Clark in the Expose Yourself to Art pose made famous in the poster. The statue captures the playfullness of the poster and exemplifies why bud Clark was on the city's favorite mayors. (Come in and learn more about the Expose Yourself to Art poster)
We didn't know this object’s origins, except that a student named Kelly Hopper from Markham Middle School had made it and gave it to Mayor Bud Clark in 1985. This unique gift became a part of the archives and has been displayed on many occasions. This particular artifact is a great example of how the city’s history and its citizens intertwine.
At our Grand (Re) Opening the artifact and its origins reunited. Kelly Hopper’s art teacher from Markham Middle School, Emily Young, recognized the piece and told us the story behind its creation. She had given her students an assignment to create a 3D ceramic object based on inspirations found in the classroom. Young had the Expose Yourself to Art poster hanging in her classroom from which Kelly took her cue, creating her own version of Bud Clark. Young talked about how excited she was when she and Kelly went to City Hall to present the figure to the Mayor. She had fond memories of that experience and was very pleased to see that the piece was still around.
It doesn’t happen very often but sometimes we get lucky and can fill in a missing piece of the story. Thanks to Emily Young for her contribution to the city’s history!