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May 4, 2011

Mural information meeting set for May 10 for young artists and their parents

Oswego - The Springboard Mural Committee is seeking the support of local youth and mentors to begin the next installation of murals along Linear Park in the City of Oswego. An informational meeting will be held for young artists and their parents at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Oswego YMCA Armory. Anyone interested in participating in this project is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation directed by local young people with the support of the Springboard Mural Committee. The committee is a community collaborative that is comprised of Oswego youth, City of Oswego officials, teachers and students of the Oswego High School, artist mentors, as well as Youth Services Street Outreach, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the Oswego YMCA.

The murals are located on West Linear Park near the Utica Street Bridge and were designed and created by area high school students. The project was originally a city sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues.

"There are multiple benefits related to the success of this project," said Dawn Metott of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. "The students who participated in this project became more involved in school, graffiti issues are being addressed, and relationships have been developed by a wide cross-section of the Oswego community. 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."

For additional information or to participate in this project contact Dawn Metott at the Youth Bureau, phone 349-3575 or Linda Goodness at the Oswego YMCA, phone 343-1176.

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