Mural Project Gets Underway

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Mural Project kicked off Friday with a trip to the hardware store for supplies.

Members of Arts Connect went shopping at Lowe's. The group is partnering with Topeka Police, Safe Streets and Downtown Topeka, Inc. The project is intended to reduce crime and decrease graffiti in the Capital City.

Their first two murals will be located on Northeast Seward Avenue, in the Oakland neighborhood. Mural artists Jamie Colon and Maria Guzman have been selected to paint them.

Colon's creation features a portrait of his grandparents, a Santa Fe train and a cupid, which is the angel who holds up Our Lady of Guadalupe. The images are all a nod to the Oakland neighborhood. It will be painted at 1120 NE Seward.

Guzman's artwork will be at 1401 NE Seward. It's titled "Oakland Bird." It features a sparrow and an eagle, in tribute to the neighborhood's Kansas and Mexican heritage.

The murals will be done in time for Fiesta Mexicana, which begins July 9.

The public is invited to help with the paintings. Any skill level is welcome. Check www.artsconnecttopeka.org for work dates and times. Donations to support the project also can be made through the web site.


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