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April 16, 2018

Families Are Encouraged to Create Designs -

Young Artists Needed for Oswego Mural Project

Oswego - Young artists who would like to create a piece of artwork and paint it in a public space in the City of Oswego are invited to participate this summer in the Oswego Springboard Mural Project.

Now in its tenth year, the mural project is a youth-focused initiative, with the design and implementation directed by local youth with the support of the City of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, and Oswego AmeriCorps.

The murals are located on West Linear Park along the river near the Utica Street Bridge and are designed and created by local students. Painting will begin over summer vacation. Youth and families are welcome to participate. Children ages 12 and under must always have a parent or guardian in attendance with them during painting. All levels of skill and ability are encouraged. Family members are welcome to submit entries as well.

"Our art mural program beautifies our lovely west side Riverwalk and engages our youth to participate in beautifying our community and take pride in the appearance of one of our greatest assets," said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow. "The mural project has been incredibly successful for quite some time and I am excited to continue this program this summer."

Youth Activities coordinator Kristen Slimmer said the project was originally developed by the city as a way to address graffiti issues.

"The Springboard Mural Project has evolved into a community project that brings out our local youth talent and demonstrates community togetherness, making this a successful project year after year," said Slimmer.

Art submissions should be mailed to Kristen Slimmer, Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, 70 Bunner St., Oswego NY 13126.

Applications and submissions must be received by Wednesday, June 6. Submissions will be reviewed by the Youth Bureau staff and will require approval from the City of Oswego Common Council. Specific details for artwork submissions are included on the project application.

For additional information or an application, contact Slimmer at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, weekdays, at (315) 349-3575 or e-mail Kristen.Slimmer@oswegocounty.com. Information is also posted at https://www.facebook.com/SpringboardMuralProject.

Youth and families are invited to spend part of their summer vacation painting scenes along the West Linear Park in Oswego for the Springboard Mural Project. The murals, which are designed and created by local students, add a colorful dimension along the canal.

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