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December 2017

Alexandra Youth Mural Unveiling [Tue, 12 December 2017]

Following widespread community consultation throughout Central Otago, participation by youth in the arts was identified as a key need. The Central Otago District Arts Trust developed a Youth Project Charter to further encourage the participation, development and education of the arts for youth in Central Otago. The Charter seeks to encourage collaboration between community, schools, parents, teachers and other art educators to provide access to art experiences for young people. The unveiling of four major murals marks a milestone in the provision of opportunities for children to participate in and present their own creative experiences. Ten students from Alexandra Primary School painted 'Rail Trail Bird Girl' to decorate the public toilets in the Brandon St Carpark. Nine students from the Alexandra Primary School painted 'Aliens Beam up a Cow' for the Alexandra BMX public toilets. Eight students from the Clyde Primary School painted '4 Seasons in Central Otago' for the Clyde Railway station public toilets. Ten students from Saint Gerards Primary School painted 'Camo Deer' for the Molyneux Park public toilets. In the case of each of these murals the pupils provided the ideas while Central Otago artist Maxine Williams facilitated the projects. Following discussions between the Central Otago District Council and the Arts Trust Coordinator, Rebekah de Jong the youth mural project was seen as a way of beautifying public spaces. The initiative has been kindly supported by the Central Lakes Trust, the Otago Community Trust, the Creative Communities Scheme and the Vincent Community Board. For further information on the Alexandra Youth Mural Project click HERE.171207-Youth-Art-Murals-Information-poster--3-.pdf