Virtually two years after taking pictures at STEM faculty, Lady Scout creates an artwork set up to assist Highlands Ranch Neighborhood Heal – CBS Denver

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colorado (CBS4) Almost two years after filming at STEM School Highlands Ranch, a Colorado Girl Scout uses art to help the community heal. Grace Bielefeldt, a senior at STEM School, helped bring a new art installation to the Northridge Recreation Center. Here she and her classmates were taken in after the tragic shootings at their school in May 2019 and later reunited with their families.

“For many people, I think the recreation center has many memories that are not necessarily good,” said Bielefedlt. “So I wanted to take this place to brighten it up a bit and make it something that isn’t necessarily a place of fear, but a place of hope.”

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Bielefedlt said after the shooting that killed classmate Kendrick Castillo she and her classmates were outside the recreation center and holding a vigil.

“Many of my classmates found that the root of the problem we needed to recognize was mental health,” she explained. “So I kind of took that and said, ‘Okay, something has to be done about it.'”

Working with local artist James Holmes, she worked on her Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, to create a permanent art installation to commemorate the shooting and raise mental health awareness. Bielefedlt said the piece is meant to symbolize different seasons of life, change and growth.

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“Working with him has allowed us to put in a lot of symbolism and we also hope there is a link to resources so that people can access help or just know that they are being seen,” she explained.

Bielefedlt said to make this possible and to deserve her honor, she put more than 100 hours of work into the project. She hopes it will be something that can help the community, just like the project itself helped her.

“I also viewed it as a kind of healing journey for myself,” she explained. “It’s a way of giving back to the community, but also of grappling with what happened, instead of sinking into this dark area, I’m creating something new.”

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The piece was unveiled during Mental Health Awareness Month but is an integral part. You can see the art installation at the Northridge Recreation Center on the Highlands Ranch.

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