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Feedback sought on Malden mural at community meeting Nov. 23

Posted by Marcia Dick  November 17, 2009 11:05 AM

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Malden youth at a mural design workshop.

The following press release is from the City of Malden:

Local residents will have the opportunity to view and provide feedback for a conceptual design for Malden’s first-ever public mural. The design concept originated at an initial community input meeting held on Oct. 15. At that session, members of the community suggested a variety of themes and icons centric to Malden.

The second community meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located on the third floor at Malden Government Center, 200 Pleasant St. The 15 Malden youth who have been working on the design along with professional artists from the nonprofit Boston-based Art Connection will unveil their monthlong worth of efforts to the community that evening.

The youth have researched Malden’s history, engaged in art sessions, and worked together to create a design highlighting Malden’s strong past and proud future. The students represent Malden High School, Mystic Valley Regional Charter High School, and Malden Catholic High School.

Tova Speter, program manager at the Art Connection and community muralist, and Anyahlee Canas, community muralist, have worked with the youth on concept development for the past four weeks. This is Malden’s second project with The Art Connection. Earlier this year, the agency provided the new Malden Senior Center with 19 pieces of original art work to hang in its new facility at 7 Washington St.

Local residents, according to Ward 8 Malden City Councillor Judi Bucci, will be encouraged to give their feedback at the meeting so that the design can be finalized. Councillor Bucci chairs the Council’s Citizens Engagement Committee, which along with the Office of Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard, is supporting this community art project.

The mural will hopefully be painted onto the concrete wall of the overpass that wraps around Pleasant and Summer streets next to the Malden Center MBTA Station in downtown Malden. Permission for use of the wall is pending approval from the MBTA. The actual work won’t get underway until Spring 2010, at which time local residents will be invited to help out with the painting.

The design phase for this project has been funded via The Art Connection through a planning grant from Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

For more information about the project, contact Councillor Bucci at the Malden City Council Office at 781-397-7130 or Deborah Burke at the Mayor’s Office at 781-397-7000. Click here to see more information and images.

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