ArtPrize Artists to Paint "My Great Future Is..." Mural at Steil Boys & Girls Club
June 4th, 2014
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, youth are provided a safe space to learn and develop the skills they need to achieve a great future. One way to help children understand themselves and others is through art, specifically murals. Youth are challenged to examine art and its importance within the community through murals.
ArtPrize artist Alberto Gomez and his wife Luz Stella traveled from Florida to paint a mural in the Steil Boys & Girls Club. The mural is themed “My Great Future Is” and Club members from the three Grand Rapids Club locations participated in a drawing contest depicting what their great future is. Fifteen finalists were selected, and their futures are being joined together in a larger vision for the gymnasium wall at the Steil Club. This mural will mark 31 murals that Luz Stella and Alberto Gomez have painted over the years in the United States.
“This mural project shows the true diversity of the great futures of Boys & Girls Club members,” said Erin Crison, Director of Programming at Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. “We have members who want to be doctors, singers, teachers, scientists, and scuba divers, and it is so exciting to think that with the support of the Clubs and their families and the Greater Grand Rapids community these great futures will be actualized!”
Both artists and young artists from the Clubs have been spending nearly every day this week turning a simple wall into something that the Club members can be inspired by each day. The mural will be revealed and dedicated at a wrap-up ice cream social open to the public on June 10th at 4:30pm.