Summer mural project empowers community youth through public art

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The 2018 Youth Mural Project will give young artists the platform to explore their creativity and showcase their work from July 11-13 with a youth mural project this summer with the Illinois Art Station (IAS).

The community public reveal will be held from 2-3:30 p.m.Saturday, July 14, 2018. The project provides youth an opportunity to learn basic skills in mural painting and visual representations, while exploring issues of community. The reveal will be held on Constitution Trail, at the Washington Street bridge tunnel near Atwood-Wayside Herb Garden. 

“The empowerment that comes from knowing that the work and vision you put into a mural has the ability to become a memorable backdrop to the lives of people in a community, is a great feeling for all artists,” teaching artist Jeremy Langston said. “It’s great to give young artists an opportunity to share in that sense of accomplishment while contributing to the culture of the place they live in.”

The mural project was launched this summer in a joint endeavor with the City of Bloomington’s Citizens’ Beautification Committee, with the goal of empowering youth in McLean County through public art.

IAS is a newly formed project of Illinois State University with a mission to provide all children, youth, and their families with transformative learning through hands-on experiences in the visual arts.

“This is the perfect opportunity for us to introduce our mission to the community and to work alongside a committee of like-minded citizens,” IAS Director Isra El-beshir said. “It is especially empowering to know that the Mayor’s office in Bloomington is fully supportive of our youth engagement through public art.”

The mural reveal is free and open to the public. Curbside Grillin’ will be available. 

To RSVP or for additional information, visit or call (309) 438-4444.

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