Every year graffiti cleanup takes a big chunk out of municipal budgets…and the longer cities wait to take the graffiti off a structure, the more likely it will continue to happen in that area…..that’s why a local town has gotten together to help beautify a park that was tagged with graffiti.
Residents in St. Anthony wanted to beautify Clyde Keefer Memorial Park so they went to the Idaho Art Lab for some help.
“The chief of police came to us and asked if we could help beautify the park a little bit, and the park had been subjected to a little bit of vandalism and so we went in and started a mural project” said lead teaching artist Daniel Hidalgo.
Fourteen young artists were selected to take on the project and paint a mural that depicted what the river that runs through the park means to them.
“I’m really proud of this group and what they accomplished, and it goes to show that, how the visual arts can really inspire kids to give them a sense of self-esteem and the sense of self-esteem allows them to accomplish something of importance, and when we look at the beautiful wall you can see how important it is to the city” continued Hidalgo.
The material costs for each mural ran between $375 to $400…and the city council had to approve the murals before they could be painted.
“We feel really good about being part of this and every one of the kids should be really proud of it too because I’m just, I’m so proud of how hard each of these artists worked, they worked really hard” said Hidalgo.
It took the artists 40 hours to complete this project.
There will be an unveiling at Keefer Park in appreciation of the artists held on August 6th at 7 p.m.