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Atlanta artist Jason Kofke and Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts have agreed to continue raising funds for artists affected by COVID-19 by selling yard signs with the Everything Will Be OK image that Kofke created more than a decade ago.

Jason Kofke

The yard-sign campaign originated with Create Dunwoody and the Spruill Center and gained national attention with its effort to support artists in need in the midst of the pandemic. It has raised thousands of dollars to date. The effort began, however, without an OK from Kofke — the original artist. That issue has been resolved.

“During times of uncertainty, Everything Will Be OK reminds us that unexpected change is a part of life,” Kofke said in a statement released by the Spruill Center. “The products we create during times of change affect how the change is endured. This project began as a sign that has a different meaning to everyone. As the message spreads, our hope is that it causes each viewer to momentarily consider what is most important in life.”

The yard signs ($25 each, up from $20, limit of two) can be purchased and shipped nationwide through Create Dunwoody or Kofke’s website. All proceeds still benefit artists in need but no new applications are being accepted. Requests could not exceed $500 and each artist can only receive funds once.

The original mural was erected for an Emerging Artists exhibit curated by Hope Cohn in 2009 and placed on the Smokehouse, a log cabin-like structure that dates to 1840 when the Spruill land was a working farm.


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