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Community > Arts & Culture

Community Mural Celebration shines spotlight on local teens

Apr 21, 2017

By Joseph Abraham - sports editor

Current PI: Sessions participants proudly display their mural on Main Street in Liberty.
LIBERTY — Over the past nine months, teens from Liberty have been working to create a visual landmark for Main Street - a vibrant 8-by-20-foot mural depicting the culture and diversity of their community.
On Saturday, April 29, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will celebrate the participants' work on their Project: Identity Sessions. The free public program seeks to enable teens 14-18 to become agents of change and practice the skills needed to affect change and success for themselves and their communities.
The celebration is a chance for community members to join in on an afternoon of activities.
This year, the participants chose to create a mural to enhance Liberty's downtown. The artwork has been installed at 52 North Main Street, across from Charlie's Restaurant where the April 29 celebration will start.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the afternoon will kick off at the mural's site with the teens discussing the process of how they created the piece.
The group will then head to the Downtown Barn for an exclusive screening of “Called to Walls,” an uplifting movie that showcases the relationship between murals and the impact they can have on a community.
“We worked very hard on this mural. We spent hours creating the concept, going to meetings and painting it ourselves. We did it for the town, all of this, to improve the town appearance and inspire others to revamp Liberty,” said Chasity Gildersleeve, a participant of the program.
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