Mayor Barlow asks young artists for submissions for Oswego Springboard Mural Project

OSWEGO —Starting the 11th year of artwork, the Springboard Mural Project is actively seeking interested youth artists who would like to create a piece of artwork and paint it in a public space in the city of Oswego.

Youth and families are welcome to participate. Children ages 12 and under must have a parent/guardian in attendance with them at all times during painting. Any and all levels of skill and ability are welcome. Family members are welcome to submit entries as well.

The mural project is a youth focused initiative, with the design concept and implementation being directed by local young people with the support of the city of Oswego, the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and AmeriCorps. 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.

“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,” Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow said. “This year, we are expanding our project to other locations as well. The mural project has been incredibly successful for quite some time and I am excited to continue this program this summer.”

The project was originally a city sponsored community development plan to address graffiti issues. It has continued on with that concern, but also grown into a community project that brings out local youth talent and demonstrates community togetherness, making this a successful project year after year.

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

All applications and art submissions must be received no later than May 24. All submissions approved by the Youth Bureau, will then require approval from the City of Oswego Common Council. Specific details for artwork submissions can be found on the project application.

For additional information or an application to participate in this project, contact Kristen Slimmer at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3575 or Kristen.Slimmer@oswegocounty.com or find them on Facebook.

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