Youth artists needed for mural project; meeting scheduled for May 6 in Oswego

Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.
Kara Weiss, left, and Allie Henderson worked on a mural last summer on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge. The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor an informational meeting on the Springboard Mural Project at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 at Oswego City Hall. All interested youth and parents are encouraged to attend.

Submitted by Oswego County 

Spring is here again and the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is gearing up for the start of the Springboard Mural Project.

Now in its sixth year, the mural organizing committee is seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of public art in the city of Oswego.

The Youth Bureau will hold an informational meeting with young artists and their parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Common Council Chambers of Oswego City Hall.

Youth ages 13 and older, and 8- to 12-year-olds (with parent attendance during painting) are welcome to participate.

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

“Last year 21 students completed over 30 murals along the river walk. We are hoping to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals,” said Dawn Metott, youth activities coordinator with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“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,” she said.

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,” Metott said. “They love helping out their community and seeing a piece of artwork they created in a public space to be enjoyed by everyone.”

“Instead of just covering up 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.”

For additional information or to participate in the project, attend the May 6 meeting or contact Metott at the Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575 or e-mail dmetott@oswegocounty.com.

Additional information is posted on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.

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