Young artists sought for Oswego Mural Project

The Oswego Mural Committee is looking for youth artists who would like to create a piece of artwork in a public space in the city of Oswego with the Springboard Mural Project.

Last year, 17 students completed 20 murals along the river walk.

“Organizers are looking to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “Thanks to a very generous donation of supplies from Raby’s Ace Home Center, we are set to begin.”

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the Oswego YMCA Armory with young artists and their parents.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the mural project is encouraged to attend the May 14 meeting.

Now in its fifth year, the mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee.

Murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and were designed and created by local students.

The project was originally a city sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.

“Many of the youth artists we have in the group come back year after year to participate,” said Metott. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by others. Instead of covering the graffiti, the community has come together and invested in something special that reflects the sense of community pride which has made this project successful.”

Those seeking additional information or to participate in this project may contact Metott at the Youth Bureau at 349-3575 or e-mail dmetott@oswegocounty.com.

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