Matt Blackburn, Shannon Blackburn, 4-year-old Jackson and 7-year-old Henley walk past one of several "Everything will be OK" yard signs along Trailridge Lane in Dunwoody. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

‘Everything Will Be OK’ signs in Dunwoody raise $40K for local artists

A campaign that spreads positivity and hope amid the coronavirus pandemic has raised $40,000 for local artists, officials said.

Over the last two weeks, Dunwoody residents purchased 2,000 yard signs that simply state “Everything Will Be OK,” according to the Spruill Center for the Arts, which helped organize the effort.

Alan Mothner, the CEO of the Spruill Center, said the signs have raised $40,000 to support local artists and art teachers who have been financially impacted by the outbreak. Artists are now able to apply for funding assistance through an online form.

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Create Dunwoody and the Spruill Gallery teamed up to sell the yard signs, which replicate an iconic mural that is posted on the side of an old smokehouse at the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody.

The yard signs cost $20 each and were delivered to homes in the area. Since the sales began, the effort garnered national attention through coverage on CNN and Good Morning America.

The mural at the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody.
Photo: Contributed by the Spruill Gallery

Create Dunwoody said it is temporarily suspending new sign deliveries to focus on fulfilling current orders, due to stay-at-home orders issued by Dunwoody and DeKalb County.

“We are currently working to implement a shipping solution that will allow our volunteers to stay home and us to accept orders outside of the Dunwoody,” the organization wrote online. They are still accepting donations.

Artist Jason Kofke created the original “Everything Will Be OK” mural at the opening of the Spruill Gallery’s 2009 Emerging Artists exhibit.

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