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April 11, 2011

Young Artists Needed for Downtown Oswego Mural Project

YOUNG ARTISTS Jenna Hotchkiss (left) and Emily Rumrill, both of Oswego, are shown working on last year's mural project in the City of Oswego.

OSWEGO -- With the arrival of spring weather, the Springboard Mural Project organizing committee is seeking to bring some color back to Oswego. The committee is starting its third round of artwork and is seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of artwork in a public space in the city of Oswego.

"Last year seven students completed murals along the river walk. We are looking to expand that number this year and to complete even more murals," said Dawn Metott, youth activities coordinator for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

The committee is also seeking adult mentors with an art background who are willing to commit a few hours periodically during the project to assist youth in translating their work to the mural space.

Tentatively, youth artists will begin with a parents meeting in May when they will have the opportunity to meet with the committee and have their questions answered. From there, designs will be created and submitted to the city council for approval prior to committing the work to public space.

Work is slated to begin in late June or early July. Works of art that were completed in previous years can be viewed along the river walk on the west side of the river, directly below the Utica Street Bridge.

Those interested in participating, either as a mentor or youth artist, should contact Dawn Metott at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 349-3575 or email: .

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