One of the cool things about working at Barracuda is that you get to surround yourself with good-hearted people who care about our communities. Here is one such example from last weekend.
The Barracuda R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan, resides in the old Borders building at the corner of Liberty and Maynard. This is a high-traffic, high-visibility area. We have a little alley out behind the building that gets tagged with graffiti from time to time.
This isn't the only brick wall in Ann Arbor that needed some love. In an effort to beautify downtown and let local creatives express themselves, Ann Arbor resident Omari Rush founded the “shur! Mural Project.” Omari is the education manager at U-M's University Musical Society, and “shur!” is an anagram of his last name. The Mural Project is just one of the initiatives of shur!, which is an effort to improve living, working, and playing in downtown Ann Arbor.
The Mural Project took notice of our alley and launched an Indiegogo campaign to pay for the supplies and the help of a professional artist. With the help of supporting organizations and individual donors, the fundraiser was a success and the mural was finished on the scheduled day. Barracuda pledged financial support to the project and several of our employees showed up on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to help paint.
Vanessa, Omari, Alan, Marion, and Mary
Doug & his daughter
Vanessa and Marion
For more background on the project, including details on the artist, paints, and so on, take a look at Omari's storify on the project.
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Christine Barry is Senior Chief Blogger and Social Media Manager at Barracuda. In this role, she helps bring Barracuda stories to life and facilitate communication between the public and Barracuda internal teams. Prior to joining Barracuda, Christine was a field engineer and project manager for K12 and SMB clients for over 15 years. She holds several technology credentials, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.